There are vast tracts of pages, papers, blogs, information about honey bees, beekeeping, bee products, etc. available on the Internet. I am listing some links here that I have found interesting, useful, amusing, etc.
Caveat lector! That means … “Reader beware.” The bar to entry for creating content on the Internet is to have fingers. I can’t vouch for the quality or veracity of pages listed here. This is my own, very incomplete, usually out-of-date honey bee / beekeeper link list.
If you find links that have rotted, or rotten content at the end of a link, or if there is something you want me to add,contact me and let me know.
Beekeeping Resources and Blogs
- Bad Beekeeping Blog. Written by Ron Miksha of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Includes an extensive list of bee links, and some bee jokes.
- Beekeeping365!A blog dedicated to documenting sustainable beekeeping via a calendar of the beekeeping season.
- BeeSource Beekeeping. An online beekeeping community with forums, online articles, product reviews, etc.
- Dave Cushman’s Beekeeping Pages. Although Dave passed away in 2011, his web pages live on, maintained by his good friend Roger Patterson. A lifetime collection of beekeeping wisdom from a British beekeeper. Worth browsing, even though they are getting a little bit dated in some areas.
- Honey Bee Suite. Rusty Burlew’s site full of reference information, blog posts, and plenty of useful information for beekeepers of all experience levels. With an index!
- Scientific Beekeeping. Beekeeping through the eyes of a biologist.
Beekeeper Forums and Chats
- BeeSource Forums. Very active, many points of view.
- Beekeeping Forums. An international forum. I am not sure that this one is still significantly active. Not many posts.
- Honey Bee Forage Map. Visualize how far from the hive your honey bees could fly while foraging for pollen and nectar.
Beekeeper Supply Companies
- Dadant Beekeeping Supplies and Equipment
- Kelley Beekeeping. Now owned and operated by Mann-Lake, Ltd.
- Mann Lake Ltd.
Bee Hive and Comb Construction
- The Miraculous Space Efficiency of Honeycomb : Hexagons and the science of packing. (Marc Chamberland, 2015 article in Slate). Why do bees and wasps build comb and nests in hexagonal shapes? Here is some math.
- Bee Space : A gap in a natural nest bees don’t fill up (David Cushman, n.d.). I always refer back to here when I forget the “exact” dimensions of “bee space.”
- ColonyMonitoring.COM. Frank Linton’s site about colony monitoring and instrumention.
- The Bee Peeker. Frank Linton’s site with almost everything you ever wanted to know about observation hives
ARS Microscopy Research Helps Unravel the Workings of a Major Honey Bee Pest. A summary of Dr. Samuel Ramsey’s work in showing that mites feed on fat bodies, not hemolymph as originally believe. Contains a link to the research paper.