Resources: Videos and References

Urban Bee Buzz

Honeybee Democracy
By Thomas D. Seeley

The Honey Bee Inside and Out
By Celia F. Davis

Beekeeping for DUMMIES (A.Wiley Brand)
By Howland Blackiston

BEEKEEPER’S Problem Solver…100 common problems explored and
explained By James E. Tew

Beekeeping….A Handbook on Honey, Hives & Helping the Bees
By Joachim Petterson

Urban Beekeeping……A Guide to Keeping Bees in the City
By Craig Hughes

Swarm Essentials….Ecology *Management* Sustainability
By Stephen J. Repasky

Understanding Bee Anatomy
By Ian Stell

First Lessons in Beekeeping (in the tradition of C.P. Dadant’s 1917 original)
By Keith S. Delaplane

Feed the Bees…100 Plants to provide a healthy habitat to help
pollinators thrive By The XERCES Society

BUZZ……Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee
By Lisa Jean Moore and Mary Kosut

By Kenneth Eade

Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities
By Luke Pixon

Hives in the City
By Alison Gillespie

Bees in the City
By Alison Benjamin/Brian McCallum

Backyard Bees -Guide for Beginner Beekeepers
By Douglas Purdie

Bee Buzz for Little Stingers

Buzzzzz……What Honeybees Do
By Virginia Wright

What If There Were No Bees?
By Suzanne Slader

The Life and Times of the Honeybee
By Charles Micucci

In the Trees, Hey Bees!
By Lori Mortensen

Little Bees
By Edward Gibbs

Are You a Bee?
By Judy Allen


Anand Varma: The First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life     March 2015

We’ve heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable? Photographer Anand Varma raised bees in his backyard — in front of a camera — to get an up close view. This project, for National Geographic, gives a lyrical glimpse into a beehive, and reveals one of the biggest threats to its health, a mite that preys on baby bees in their first 21 days of life. With footage set to music from Rob Moose and the Magik*Magik Orchestra, Varma shows the problem … and what’s being done to solve it.

Anand Varma’s photos tell the story behind the science on everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology.


Marla Spivak: Why Bees are Disappearing      June 2013

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying in masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us?

Bee scholar, Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect.


Noah Wilson-Rich: Every City Needs Healthy Honey Bees      2012

Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.

Beekeeper, Noah Wilson-Rich studies bees and bee diseases. He founded Best Bees Company to support people who want to own and care for their own beehive.


Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A Plea for Bees     July 2008

Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature’s important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.

Bee expert, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, is Acting State Apiarist for Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture, studying colony collapse disorder — the alarming, worldwide disappearance of worker bees and Western honey bees. In 2012 vanEngelsdorp joined Jess Pettis, a bee expert from the USDA, to examine how exposure to pesticides and fungicides could increase the bees’ susceptibility to Nosema Ceranae, a lethal parasite which has become increasingly common in US hives. Their research, which was published in July 2013 showed that the pollen collected in beehives in fields from the eastern part of the US contained 9 different agricultural chemicals, including fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, and miticides. One sample actually contained 21 different pesticides.  (Hives in the City, Alison Gillespie)



Recent ARS Honey Bee Scientific Publications…NEW 9/10/16


Population growth of Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) in honey bee colonies is affected by the number of foragers with mites, Experimental and Applied Acarology, 2016

Parasaccharibacter apium, gen. nov., sp. nov., improves honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) resistance to Nosema, Journal of Economic Entomology, 2016

Nectar production in oilseeds: Food for pollinators in an agricultural landscape, Crop Science, 2016

Brood removal influences fall of Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies, Journal of Apicultural Research, 2016

How hives collapse: Allee effects, ecological resilience, and the honey bee. PLoS One, 2016

The fungicide Pristine® inhibits mitochondrial function in vitro but not flight metabolic rates in honey bees, Journal of Insect Physiology, 2016

Sperm viability and gene expression in honey bee queens (Apis mellifera) following exposure to the neonicotinoid insecticide Imidacloprid and the organophosphate Acaricide Coumaphos, PLoS One, 2016

The effects of Imidacloprid and Varroa destructor on the survival and health of European honey bees, Apis mellifera, Insect Science, 2016

Evidence of Apis cerana sacbrood virus infection in Apis mellifera, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2016

A scientific note on detection of honey bee viruses in the darkling beetle (Alphitobius diaperinus), an inhabitant in Apis cerana colonies, Apidologie, 2016