A Guide to Bees, Beekeeping and Associated Practices

Beekeeping is being designed as an all-purpose broad scope reference book pertaining to apiculture, including information regarding bees, beekeeping and associated practices. Although Beekeeping is being written with the initial intent in aiding hobbyist, it is a growing resource that could also aid commercial beekeepers similarly. This Wiki book however, is not being written in a completely linear manner. Because of the writing style of this book, through the act of simply reading it chapter-by-chapter content will be lost. Reading in this manner should still prove to be worthwhile, but more topics and greater depth may be uncovered by following links within the text. Much like other Wiki based texts, Beekeeping is dependant on the collaborative effort of the community. If you have read your fill of this book and have some extra information that you can add, we request you do so, but before submitting please visit the Editing Guidelines and Information page.

An Introduction to Beekeeping

Types of Beekeepers

Types of Bees

Burning Image - Beez (by).jpg




  • Anatomy of the Queen
  • Anatomy of the Worker
  • Anatomy of the Drone
  • Anatomy of the Larva and Pupa
  • Social Life


  • Dance Language
  • Pheromones


  • Fanning
  • Flight
  • Guard
  • Robbing
  • Swarming
  • Color and Object Recognition
  • Learning

Hives for honeybees

Beehives near Ellarcarr Pike - - 564480.jpg

Langstroth Hive

Bottom Board


  • Telescopic Cover
  • Garden Cover
  • Inner Cover
  • Migratory Cover

Entrance Modifier


  • Entrance Feeder
  • Hive Top Feeder
  • Frame Feeder


Hive Bodies

Other Hive Parts

  • Hive Stand
  • Queen Excluder
  • Sticky Board

Top Bar Hives

Other Hive Designs

Obtaining Hive Parts

  • Buying New
  • Buying Used
  • Building

Tools and Equipment

Dimilica 1.JPG

Hive Manipulation

Bee Manipulation

Protective Gear

  • Veil
  • Bee Suit
  • Bee Gloves

Build Up and Maintenance

  • Embedders
  • Frame Cleaner
  • Foundation Press

First Steps with Bees

Carly-Art - Wild bee hive (by-sa).jpg

Obtaining Bees

Packaged Bees

  • Caring for a Package of Bees
  • Hiving a Packages

Nucs and Existing Hives

  • Moving Hives
  • Hiving Nucs

Swarms and Feral Hives

  • Swarm Baiting
  • Swarms Capture
  • Hiving Swarms
  • Collecting Feral Hives
  • Hiving Feral Hives

Acquiring Queen Bees

  • Introducing the Queen
  • Handling the Queen

Hive Management

Chase bees queen.jpg

Standard Hive Management

Advanced Hive Management

  • Swarm Prevention
  • Producing Comb Honey
  • Marking the Queen
  • Queen Rearing

Seasonal Management

Hive Products

Сотовый мёд.jpg
Texas State Fair honey.jpg


Forms of Honey

  • Extracted Honey
  • Comb Honey
  • Chunk Honey
  • Creamed Honey
  • Adulterated Honey

Processing Honey

  • Extracting Honey
  • Packaging Honey
  • Selling Honey

Using Honey

Honey Tools

  • Uncapping Tools
  • Comb Cutter
  • Honey Extractor
  • Honey Press
  • Refractometer


Wax Tools

  • Wax Melting
  • Wax Processing




Royal Jelly

Special Practices

Bee Manipulation

  • Biological Beekeeping
  • Small Cell Regression

Hive Manipulations

  • Joining Hives
  • Splitting Hives
  • Migratory Beekeeping

Disease and Pests

Loque americana.jpg



  • Acute Bee Paralysis (ABP)
  • Amoeba
  • Chronic Paralysis Virus (CPV)
  • Dysentery
  • Kashmir Bee Virus (KBV)
  • Nosema
  • Septicemia

Brood Disease

  • American Foul Brood (AFB)
  • Chalkbrood
  • European Foul Brood (EFB)
  • Sacbrood
  • Stonebrood


  • Pesticides


Plants for Bees

Special Interest


  • Evolution of the Honey Bee
  • Impact of Man
  • Historical Beekeeping Practices


Acknowledgments and Book Information

Last modified on 20 December 2013, at 12:41