First Lessons in Beekeeping introduces the prospective beekeeper to the basics of beekeeping through easy-to-understand text and color photos of honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, management, honey production and processing, as well as disease diagnosis and treatment.
In the preface to this book, Keith Delaplane, professor of entomology, writes: “Its pages opened to me a golden world of honey bees and beekeeping and guided my stumbling steps that first spring season. My story is but one of thousands who have passed through the door opened by Dadant’s little book.”
That “little book” was the 1968 edition of Charles P. Dadant’s 1917 classic First Lessons in Beekeeping. For the latest edition, Delaplane honors the tradition of sticking to the basics, while fully engaging the new realities of beekeeping in the 21st century.
This book provides everything readers need to know to become a successful beginning beekeeper.
Delaplane is head of the honey bee research and extension lab at UGA. He first got involved with bees at the age of 13 when his father bought him a beginner’s bee kit.