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The aim of this book is to provide bee-keepers with a guide to the common pests and diseases of bees.
Healthy Bees covers seasonal factors that affect the health of the colony, nutrition, non-infectious disorders, diseases, exotic pests, and strategies to prevent them.
Clear photographs to help you recognise and identify pests and diseases, and video demonstrations of collecting samples from your hive.
Doug Somerville is employed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries as a Technical Specialist for Honey Bees. He has over 25 years experience assisting bee keepers and honey producers with
• best management practices in keeping honey bees;
• seasonal management enquiries;
• disease/pest management processes;
• starting out in bees;
• progressing from an amateur beekeeper to a business in keeping bees.
Doug Somerville has beekeeping experience in the United Kingdom and Canada and has been a guest speaker at several international conferences. He also manages over 100 hives himself for research, honey production and pollination.
Jennifer Laffan has written many publications and training resources for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, including others in the AgSkills series.
CHAPTER 1: The honey bee
Lifecycle of the honey bee
Castes of bees and their roles in the colony
Sex hormones in the hive
CHAPTER 2: Colony size
Colony size varies with seasons
Nectar flow and brood rearing
Managing bees in winter
Managing bees in spring
CHAPTER 3: Nutrition
Food for bees
Feeding sugar to honey bees
Plants as poisons
CHAPTER 4: Effects of seasons and location
CHAPTER 5: Disease and disorder
Health of bees is important
Causes of disease
CHAPTER 6: Strategies to prevent disease
Inspect the hive
Comb replacement program
CHAPTER 7: Diseases of the honey bee brood
Kashmir bee virus
Black queen cell virus
Prepare a larval smear for diagnosis
CHAPTER 8: Diseases of adult honey bees
Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV)
CHAPTER 9: Hive pests
Small hive beetle (SHB)
CHAPTER 10: Exotic pests
Sugar shaking to detect external parasites
Large hive beetles
CHAPTER 11: Surveillance and response to exotic pests and disease
Response to surveillance alert
CHAPTER 12: Honey bees and the law
Abandoned or neglected hives
The legal requirement to notify
Biosecurity Code of Practice
Bonus Chapter: Testing for Hygienic Behaviour
Liquid Nitrogen-Killed Brood Test
Appendix 1: Glossary
Appendix 2: The pollen story
Not all pollen is equal
No pollen and the colony dies
Sugar syrup, brood rearing, pollen foraging
Appendix 3: Competencies supported by this publication