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Healthy Bees

Managing Pests, Diseases and Other Disorders of the Honey Bee

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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
Plants as poisons

CHAPTER 4: Effects of seasons and location

CHAPTER 5: Disease and disorder
Health of bees is important
Non-infectious disorders
Causes of disease

CHAPTER 6: Strategies to prevent disease
Be alert
Inspect the hive
Comb replacement program
Barrier system
Best practice

CHAPTER 7: Diseases of the honey bee brood
American foulbrood
European foulbrood
Kashmir bee virus
Black queen cell virus
Prepare a larval smear for diagnosis

CHAPTER 8: Diseases of adult honey bees
Nosema disease
Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV)

CHAPTER 9: Hive pests
Small hive beetle (SHB)
Wax moth
Other pests

CHAPTER 10: Exotic pests
Varroa mite
Sugar shaking to detect external parasites
Tracheal mite
Tropilaelaps mite
Predatory hornets

CHAPTER 11: Surveillance and response to exotic pests and disease
Response to surveillance alert

CHAPTER 12: Honey bees and the law
Beekeeper registration
Abandoned or neglected hives
The legal requirement to notify

Publishing credits
Further reading
AgGuide Books


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Healthy Bees
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Reference
  • Published: 31 July 2014
  • Publisher: Agriculture NSW
  • Seller: NSW Trade & Investment
  • Print Length: 150 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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