Bee Information: Reading and Resources

The following bee information and resources are organized by subject (listed below). Within each subject, information is organized by type of resource.

Categories Types of Resources
Bees — General Reference Materials
Honeybees Books: Current Concerns and Events
Other Bees and Pollinators Books: Classic Works
Beekeeping– General Research Articles
Threats to Bees Newspaper Articles
Honey and Hive Products Films
Gardening, Farming and Pollination Blogs
Allergies to Bees and Bee Products Research Groups
Bees and Honey in China Action Groups
Area-Specific Newsletters and Associations Information Web Sites

Bees — General

Reference Materials

Michener, C. D. Bees of the World. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Research Groups has compiled a list of academics doing research on bees around the world. Check out this growing list.

Action Groups

Plan Bee: UK-based community co-operative with a petition to ‘save the bees’.

Honeybees Return to the top
Reference Materials

Harman, Ann and Garceau, Sharon. The ABC & XYZ Of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia Pertaining To The Scientific And Practical Culture Of Honey Bees. Medina, OH: A.I. Root Company, 2007.

Books: Classic Works

The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture. Medina, OH: A.I. Root Company, 1877.


The Secret Life of Bees. Dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood. Based on book by Sue Monk Kidd. Perf. Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2008.

Research Groups

The Bee Research Unit in Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension.

The Honey Bee Research Centre at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. I’ve heard them speak. The chief beekeeper is highly knowledgeable and a pleasure to talk to, but the researchers seem to be in denial about Colony Collapse Disorder.

Other Bees and Pollinators Return to the top
Reference Materials

Mader, Eric, Vaughan, Mace, Shepherd, Matthew, Hoffman Black, Scott. Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, 2010.

Velthuis, HHW. “The Historical Background of the Domestication of the Bumble-Bee, Bombus Terrestris, and its Introduction in Agriculture.” In Pollinating Bees – The Conservation Link Between Agriculture and Nature. Eds. P. Kevan and Fonseca VL Imperatriz. Brasília: Ministry of Environment (2002). 177-184.

Research Articles

Steven Carruthers. “Bumblebees for Pollination of Greenhouse Tomato Crops in Australia“. Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses, 88 (2006).

McNeil, R., Pidduck, W. “The Effectiveness of the Western Bumblebee in Pollinating Hass Avocado Trees.” Proceedings V World Avocado Congress (Actas V Congreso Mundial del Aguacate) (2003): 253.

Research Groups

University of Georgia doctoral student, Athena Anderson, is conducting a survey on bumblebee nesting in North America.

University of Delaware: lead researcher, Dr. Deborah Delaney

The “Big Bee” Project at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in the UK

Beekeeping– General Return to the top
Reference Materials

Akratanakul, Pongthep. “Beekeeping in Asia.” FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin 68/4, 1990.

Crane, Eva. The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting. London: Gerald Duckworth and Company, 1999.

Books: Current Events and Issues

Bonney, Richard E. Beekeeping: A Practical Guide. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, LLC, 1993.

De Bruyn, Clive. Practical Beekeeping. Wiltshire, UK: The Crowood Press Ltd, 1997.

Thompkins, E. and Griffith, R. Practical Beekeeping. Charlotte, VT: Garden Way Publishing, 1977.

Books: Classic Works

Nutt, Thomas. Humanity to Honey-bees: or, Practical Directions for the Management of Honey Bees. Wisbech: H. & J. Leach, 1832.

Research Groups

Project Apis m.: A collaborative endeavour established by beekeepers and orchardists and based in Chico, CA. Research is aimed at improving and maintaining economic viability for beekeepers.

Threats to Bees Return to the top
Books: Current Events and Issues

Benjamin, Allison and McCallum, Brian. A World Without Bees. London: Cornerstone, 2010.

Jacobsen, Rowan. Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis. New York: Bloomsbury, 2008.

Packer, Laurence. Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Them. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2010.

Schacker, Michael. A Spring without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered Our Food Supply. Guilford, Conn: Globe Pequot Press, 2008.

Shapiro, Zachary. We’re All in the Same Boat. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2009.

Research Articles

Felton, J.C., Oomen, P.A., Stevenson, J.H. “Toxicity and hazard of pesticides to honeybees: Harmonization of test methods.” Bee World 67:3 (1986): 114.

Khoury, D.S., Myerscough, M.R., Barron, A.B. “A Quantitative Model of Honey Bee Colony Population Dynamics.” PLoS ONE 6:4 (2011): e18491. Full text available here.

Mullin, Christopher A., Frazier, Maryann, Frazier, James L., Ashcraft, Sara, Simonds, Roger, vanEngelsdorp, Dennis, Pettis, Jeffery S. “High Levels of Miticides and Agrochemicals in North American Apiaries: Implications for Honey Bee Health” PLoS ONE 5:3 (2010): e9754. Full text article here.

Pettis, Jeffery S., Delaplane, Keith S. “Coordinated responses to honey bee decline in the USA.” Apidologie 41:3 (2010): 256. This article is available for free at

Underwood, R.M., vanEngelsdorp, D. “Colony Collapse Disorder: Have We Seen This Before?” Bee Culture 135:7 (2007):13. Full text available here.

vanEngelsdorp, D., Evans, J.D., Saegerman, C., Mullin, C., Haubruge, E., Nguyen, B.K., Frazier, M. Frazier, J., Cox-Foster, D., Chen, Y.P., Underwood, R., Tarpy, D.R., Pettis, J.S. “Colony Collapse Disorder: A descriptive study.” PLoS ONE 4:8 (2009): e6481. Full text available here.

vanEngelsdorp, D., Hayes, J., Pettis, J. “Preliminary Results: A Survey of Honey Bee Colonies Losses in the U.S. Between September 2008 and April 2009.” May, 2009. Available here.

Watanabe, M.E. “Colony Collapse Disorder: Many Suspects, No Smoking Gun.” BioOne 58:5 (2008):384. Full text available here.

Newspaper Articles

Honeybee Colonies Are Collapsing, But Not All Hope Is Lost.” The Globe and Mail 10 Mar 2011.

Zimmer, Lori. “It’s Official – Cell Phones are Killing Bees.Inhabitat 21 May 2011. (This nonsense is still being perpetuated – this article is here for reference only.)


To Bee or Not To Bee. Dir. Mark Johnston. Galafilm Productions, 2010. Available at CBC.

Vanishing of the Bees. Dirs. George Langworthy and Maryam Henein. Hive Mentality Films, 2009.


A World Without Bees: From the authors of “A World Without Bees” (2010), a blog devoted to Colony Collapse Disorder.

Honey and Hive Products Return to the top
Reference Materials

Kirk, William. A Colour Guide to Pollen Loads of the Honey Bee. 2nd Edition. Cardiff: International Bee Research Association, 2006.

Books: Current Events and Issues

Bishop, H. Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey, the Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World. New York, NY: Free Press, 2005.

Research Articles

Burke, L.M., Castell, L.M., Stear, S.J., Rogers, P.J., Bomstrand, E., Gurr, S., Mitchell, N., Stephens, F.B., and Greenhaff, P.L. “BJSM Reviews: A–Z of Nutritional Supplements: Dietary Supplements, Sports Nutrition Foods and Ergogenic Aids for Health and Performance, Part 4″. British Journal of Sports Medicine 43:14 (2009): 1088. (free extract)

Erem, C., Deger, O., Ovali, E., Barlak, Y. “The Effects of Royal Jelly on Autoimmunity in Graves’ Disease.” Endocrine 30:2 (2006): 175. (PubMed Abstract)

Lejaa, M., Mareczeka, A., Wyżgolika, G., Klepacz-Baniakb, J., Czekońskab, K. “Antioxidative Properties of Bee Pollen in Selected Plant Species.” Food Chemistry 100:1 (2007): 237.

Li, Y.J., X, H.Z., Shou, Q.Y., Zhan, Z.G., Lu, X., Hu, F.L. “Therapeutic Effects of Propolis Essential Oil on Anxiety of Restraint-Stressed Mice.” Human and Experimental Toxicology (2011). (PubMed Abstract)

Yamaguchi, M., Hamamoto, R., Uchiyama, S., Ishiyama, K., Hashimoto, K. “Preventive Effects of Bee Pollen Cistus ladaniferus Extract on Bone Loss in Streptozotocin-Diabetic Rats In Vivo.” Journal of Health Science 53:2 (2007): 190.

News Articles

Schneider, Andrew. “Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey:Ultra-filtering Removes Pollen, Hides Honey Origins.” Food Safety News 7 Nov. 2011 (available here).

Gardening, Farming and Pollination Return to the top
Books: Current Concerns and Events

McGregor, S.E. Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants. Originally published 1976. (link to this publication used to sit on this site

Books: Classic Works

Lovell, John H. Honey Plants of North America. Medina, OH: A.I. Root Company, 1926.

Pellett, Frank C. American Honey Plants. Hamilton, IL: Dadant & Sons, 1976.

Research Articles

Vaknin, Y., Gan-Mor, S., Bechar, A., Ronen, B. and Eisikowitch, D. “The role of electrostatic forces in pollination.” Plant Systematics and Evolution 222 (2000): 133.

Action Groups

California Biosafety Alliance: Alliance of individuals and organizations working together to advocate for a GMO free food supply, as a means of pushing for a shift from an industrial food model.

Partners for Sustainable Pollination: Pursues collaborative approaches between farmers, growers, beekeepers and scientists to develop ways to improve health of honey bees in pollination services and support native pollinators.

Information Web Sites

Vegetable Garden Basics

Allergies to Bees and Bee Products Return to the top
Research Articles

Riches, Harry R. C. “Hypersensitivity to Bee Venom.” Bee World 63:1 (1982): 7.

Bees and Honey in China Return to the top
Reference Materials

Health Canada. Chloramphenicol in Honey.

Research Articles

Ma, Lun Jiao. “International Comparison of the Export Competitiveness of Chinese Honey.Asian Agricultural Research1:7 (2009): 17.

Williams, Paul, An, Jiandong, Huang, Jiaxing and Yao, Jian. “BBCI: A New Initiative To Document Chinese Bumble Bees for Pollination Research.” Journal of Apicultural Research and Bee World 49:2 (2010): 221.

Newspaper Articles

Oberman, Mira. “US Cracks Down on Chinese Honey Smuggling Ring.” AFP 1 Sep. 2010.

Schneider, Andrew. Honey Laundering: A Sticky Trail of Intrigue and Crime.” Seattle PI 30 Dec. 2008.

Area-Specific Newsletters and Associations Return to the top

Newsletter Archives (Australian Honey Bee Industry Council) Aussie Bee email update (Australian Native Bee Research Centre)

New South Wales

Illawarra Beekeepers’ Association Inc.


Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Association


Victoria Apiarists Association

The Beekeepers Club Inc.


Bee Talk (Canadian Honey Council)

New Brunswick

Central Beekeepers Alliance


The Ontario Bee Journal (Ontario Beekeepers Association)

Prince Edward Island

Bee Newsletters (Department of Agriculture)


Beelines (newsletter of the provincial government)

United Kingdom

British Beekeepers Association

United States


Southcentral Alaska Beekeepers Association


Florida State Beekeepers Association


Georgia Bee Letter (University of Georgia)


The Bee Line (Maine State Beekeepers Association)

North Carolina

Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter (Asheville, NC)

Bees Alive! will post links to newsletters and associations for free if the source is non-profit (i.e., government, university, local beekeeping association).

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