First Lessons in Beekeeping, by Keith S. Delaplane (Dadant and Sons, 2007), is a classic first book for beekeepers. Originally written in 1917 by Charles P. Dadant, the 2007 version melds basic timeless information with current trends.
Did you know that there are three types of honeybees in every colony — the queen, who lays all the eggs, the workers (females) who do all the work, and the drones (males) who do no work except fertilize other queens from other colonies . . . fascinating . . .
Bees gather nectar from many different types of flowers. Depending on the flower the nectar will be differently colored . . . purple . . . pink. . . . gold . . .
If a hive gets too crowded half the workers and the queen will leave, form a swarm and find a new place to live, but first they will gorge themselves on honey until they are so sweet they wouldn’t harm you . . .because their bellies will be so full they won’t be able to sting, for a few days . . .
This and much more awaits you in the First Lessons in Beekeeping.