Bee Publications

Beekeeping Journals

The following monthly journals have national and international distribution.  They are available on a subscription basis by writing to the publishers.  Sample copies available upon request, from the publishers listed below.  Both references offer additional links to other bee related sites of interest.

The American Bee Journal
Dadant and Sons
51 S. 2nd St.
Hamilton, IL 62341

Bee Culture
A.I. Root Co.
623 W. Liberty St.
Medina, OH 44256

The Speedy Bee (newspaper format)
P.O. Box 998
Jesup, GA 31545


Beekeeping Books

There have been thousands of books published on all aspects of apiculture.  The following brief list includes several titles of interest to beekeepers of all skill levels.  Check the various bee equipment suppliers and the bee journals for titles of interest to you.

The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture
edited and written by R.A. Morse and Kim Flottum
A.I. Root Co., Medina, OH.

The Hive and the Honey Bee
edited by Dadant & Sons. 
Dadant and Sons, Inc., Hamilton, IL.

A Year in the Beeyard
by Roger A. Morse
Wicwas Press
Beekeeping Education Service
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817
166 pages 1983

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Beekeeping
by Roger A. Morse and Ted Hooper, editors
Wicwas Press
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817
432 pages 1985

Rearing Queen Honey Bees
by Roger A. Morse
Wicwas Press
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817
128 pages 1979

Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases
edited by Roger A. Morse and Kim Flottum
Cornell University Press
Ithaca, NY 14851
718 pages 1998

Beeswax: Production, Harvesting, Processing and Products
by William L. Coggshall and R.A. Morse.
Wicwas Press
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817
192 pages 1984

The Backyard Beekeeper
by Kim Flottum 
Root Publications
Medina, OH
165 pages 2006

Beekeeping, A Practical Guide
by Richard E. Bonney
Wicwas Press
P.O. Box 817
Cheshire, CT 06410-0817

Beekeeping Basics
The Pennsylvania State University
98 pages 2004.

Slide Sets, Videos & DVD’s

There are many excellent slide sets and videos now available.  One major supplier in the Northeast is Beekeeping Education Service, P.O. Box 817, Cheshire, CT 06410-0817.   E-mail:,   or . This supplier also stocks most bee books, (even some out of print), including those listed here.  Contact Mr. Connor for a listing of what is currently available.  Also check the major equipment supply catalogs for newly released book titles and videos.  The Vermont Beekeepers Association has a very good collection of reference materials available to loan to members.  See the VBA website ( for more details.

Honey Promotion & Information

National Honey Board
11409 Business Park Circle
Suite #210
Firestone, CO 80504.
Phone: (303) 776-2337

Addional Information

The United States Department of Agriculture has honey bee research laboratories in Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas, and Utah. These labs maintain a close association with the state land-grant colleges, and some teaching and extension are usually done with persons interested in beekeeping.  The USDA has bulletins and leaflets about many aspects of beekeeping.  A list of these may be obtained by writing: 

Bee Research Laboratory
Room 209A, Building 476, BARC-East
Beltsville, MD 20705