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Exceptional Websites

University of Georgia Honey Bee Program
Offers beginners to master level beekeeping courses, sponsors a honey show and offers one of the only honey judging licensing courses in the USA.
The World of Bees on Stamps
Bees and honey have been the subjects of stamps for as long as there have been stamps. This could be the largest reference of bee-related stamps, postmarks and postcards in the world.
The Bee Photographer
Beautiful photographic journal of beekeeping from around the world.
Selections from the Everett F. Phillips’ Beekeeping collection at Mann Library
One of the largest and most complete apiculture libraries in the world.
Apiservices – Beekeeping Virtual Gallery
Incredible source of beekeeping information from around the world. Very busy website, but worth digging into.
The Apiary Map
Google map showing apiaries from all over the world. Also shows bee variety. Add yours now.
Beetography
Hundreds of striking photographs of bees and flowers. RSS feeds available and photos are for sale.
Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary
An excellent series on basic beekeeping. Part of the University of Illinois Extension. Includes videos.
The Bee by Andrew Gough
A fascinating look at the history of bee symbolism and mythology from Egypt to modern times.
An Exceptional Harvest of Acacia Honey-May 2011 – Collecting and processing.
Blog by a French beekeeper with excellent photos of the process. Black Locust bloomed May 9 and the honey was extracted by the end of May. Also see current postings. (French translated to English)
Tales From The Hive
Visit PBS’s online version of the NOVA program. NOVA chronicles a year in the life of a bee colony with stunning imagery.
Electron Micrograph of a Honey Bee
Breathtaking image of a honey bee. 2011 Wellcome Image Award winner.
Homage to Brother Adam – A great beekeeper of the 20th century and a list of his publications
Brother Adam was a pioneer in the search for the optimum strain of bees. He developed the Buckfast Bee at Buckfast Abby.
Mediterranean Melissopalynology
The study of the origins of honey produced in all the countries around the Mediterranean Sea, by the pollen contained in the honey.
Honey in Madagascar
Fascinating description (with photos) of beekeeping and honey customs and beliefs of tribes in Madagascar.
National Honey Board – USA
Organization responsible for the marketing and promotion of honey in the United States. Funded by beekeepers and honey producers, they support the quality, purity and healthful image of honey to the American consumer.
ItalianNational Observatory of Production and Market of honey (Osservatorio Nazionale della Produzione e del Mercato del miele)
National organization supporting the production and marketing of honey in Italy. It monitors the honey market, measures and takes action to improve the quality of honey, promotes honey terrior and the culture of honey.
Bees for Development
Bees for Development assists beekeepers living in poor and remote areas of the world, and raises awareness about the value of beekeeping for poverty alleviation.
Sustainable beekeeping initiative in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas reqion – ICIMOD The International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD serves eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. It is best browsed with the site search. For example, see “honey” search results on the site.
Towards Sustainable Beekeeping A thoughtful philosophical and practical account by David Heaf. This is an update of an article which appeared in four parts in The Beekeepers Quarterly (Issues 91, 92, 93 & 94, 2008).

Beekeeping Associations, Journals & Magazines

Apimondia-International Federation of Beekeepers Associations
Apimondia Foundation: Clearing house of Beekeeping Information. It serves the scientific, technical and economic development of beekeeping all over the world. Publisher of Apiacta, beekeeping journal.

Argentina Argentina Beekeepers’ Society
ArgentinaArgentine Beekeepers’ Magazine
Austrian/GermanAustrian Beekeepers Association (Österreichischer Imkerbund)
Belgium – FlandersRoyal Flemish Beekeepers Association (KonVIB – Koninklijke Vlaamse ImkersBond)
CanadaCanadian Honey Council: national association of beekeepers
CanadaStrathcona, Vancouver BC Beekeepers Association
CzechoslovakiaApislavia: Czech Beekeepers Union
FranceAssociation of Beekeeping Development in Ile De France ADAIF (Association de développement de l’apiculture en Ile de France ADAIF)
FranceFNOSAD: National Federation of Bee Sanitation Departments & Journal: Health of the Bee (La Santé de l’Abeille)
FranceApidologie—Leading Journal Devoted to Bee Science
FranceThe Central Society of Beekeeping—Since 1856 (Société Centrale d’Apiculture)
FranceMagazine: The Bee in France (L’Abeille de France)
FranceNational Union of Beekeeping (Syndicat National d’Apiculture )
FranceUNAF: National Union of French Apiculture
GermanGerman Beekeepers Association (Deutschen Imkerbund e.V.)
Greeke-Magazine: Melissokomia – Apiculture & Products of Bees (Μελισσοκομία)
IrelandThe Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations
IrelandMagazine: An Beachaire – The Irish Beekeeper
ItalianMagazine: The Italian Beekeeper (L’Apicoltore Italiano)
ItalianMagazine: Italian Bee (Apitalia)
ItalianItalian Federation of Beekeepers (Federazione Apicoltori Italiani)
ItalianUNA-API National Union of Italian Beekeepers Association & UNAAPI Magazine: L’Apis
KazakhstanOfficial site of the National Union of Beekeepers in Kazakhstan, Russia (Официальный сайт Национального Союза пчеловодов Казахстан)
Liechtenstein/GermanLiechtenstein Beekeepers Association (Liechtensteiner Imkerverein)
Luxembourg/GermanLuxembourg Beekeeper Association (Lëtzebuerger Landesverband fir Beienzuucht | Lëtzebuerger Beienziichter)
Netherlands – S. HollandLeiden Beekeepers Association (Imkersvereniging Leiden eo)
New ZealandNational Beekeepers’ Association of New Zealand
PolandPolish Association of Beekeeping
PolandBeekeeping Portal & Apiary Magazine (Czasopismo Pasieka)
PolandBeekeeping in Poland – Section of larger site
PolandMagazine: Monthly Beekeeping (Miesięcznik PSZCZELARSTWO)
PolandJournal of Apicultural Science
PolandInstitute of Horticulture – Apiculture Division, Pulawy, Poland
ScotlandScottish Beekeepers Association
Swiss/GermanSwiss Federation of Beekeepers (Verein Deutschschweizerischer und Rätoromanischer Bienenfreunde – VDRB)
Swiss/ItalianTicino (Switzerland) Beekeepers Society (Società Ticinese di Apicoltura – STA)
UKThe Bee Farmers’ Association of the UK
UKThe British Beekeepers’ Association
UkraineBeekeepers Association of Ukraine (Братство бджолярів України)
USAAmerican Beekeeping Federation
USAAmerican Bee Journal—Since 1861
USAThe American Honey Producers Association
USABee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping
USAWho’s Who of North American Beekeeping
USABees Without Borders
WalesCymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru – Welsh Beekeepers’ Association
Walloon & BrusselsBeekeeping – Walloon and Brussels (l’apiculture Wallonne et Bruxelloise)

Save the Bees – Bee Support

BeeSpotter! An organized effort by the University of Illinois to promote understanding of honey bees by collecting data for a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of all species of honey bees, including bumblebees. Currently only in Illinois, you may participate by uploading your bee picture and related information.

A New Threat to Honey Bees, the Parasitic Phorid Fly Apocephalus borealis
New study implicates a parasitic Phorid fly with the sudden disappearance of honey bees from their hives consistent with a symptom of Colony Collapse Disorder CCD.
Penn State Honey Bee and Pollinator Research
Penn State researchers are among the leaders investigating the disappearance of honey bees.
The Vanishing of the Bees
Beautifully produced film documenting the mysterious disappearance of honey bees.
The Silence of the Bees
PBS Nature episode, aired October 28, 2007. Scientists and bee experts featured in the program discuss the crucial role that honeybees, a “keystone species,” play in our economy and ecosystems, and what we can do to reverse the decline of pollinators.
Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, University of California, Davis
The largest state funded apiculture facility in North America. Providing research focused on basic bee biology, bee health and genetics.
Status of Pollinators in North America – National Research Council
This landmark study was produced by the Committee on the Status of Pollinators in North America and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Italian - Research Unit for Apiculture and Sericulture (Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura – CRA)
Research and services for apiculture and sericulture in Italy. The official organization committed to defending and promoting the Italian honeybee; Apis mellifera ligustica
Distrubing connection between colony collapse disorder researcher and Bayer.
Why pesticides may not have been reported as a cause. What wasn’t reported by the front-page New York Times article, headlined “Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery” (Oct, 2010)
Haagen Dazs Honeybee Crisis – Cute Interactive Animation
A serene bee-scape and a friendly bee help teach about bees and how to help them. Send a personalized “Bee-mail” to help the cause (bee patient, it takes a while to load). Also sponsoring the Haagen Dazs Honey Bee Haven next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis.
Bee Friendly Farming
Bee Friendly Farming initiative to recognize anyone who supports bees directly or indirectly, including farms, ranches, businesses, schools, local governments, nonprofits, gardeners and beekeepers.
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC)
NAPPC, made up of respected scientists, researchers, conservationists, government officials and dedicated volunteers, have created major programs to protect pollinators, raise pollinator-related issues, and to benefit the health of all species – particularly those most threatened.
Bee Friendly Gardens
Excellent resource for planting and maintaining bee friendly gardens. Currently focused on California plants, but also contains good general bee garden information.
Mason Bees
How to raise and keep mason bees in your home garden. Excellent pollinators and gentle insects to observe.
University of Illinois Extension – Bee Health Community
Formed in response to the loss of honey bees to colony collapse disorder (CCD), and dedicated to creating sustainable pollination systems.
The Mellisa Garden – a honeybee sanctuary
The Melissa Garden is a honeybee garden sanctuary in Healdsburg, California providing honeybees, native bees and other pollinators with a source of floral resources- free from pesticides.
Biology Letters’ Study on the vision of the Bumblebee
A group of children publish an article on the Bumblebee’s ability to distinguish colors and patterns to help forage from flowers. Read the accompanying article to put it in context. Also listen to NPR’s radio show for another supporting version.
Book: The Forgotten Pollinators
Published in 1996, begins with the chapter, “Silent Springs and Fruitless Falls: The Impending Pollination Crisis“, this book has been responsible for raising the awareness of the relationship between plants and animals and their importance to our natural world.
Hymettus Ltd.
Originally focused on bumblebee research and conservation, its scope has widened to bees, wasps and ants within Great Britain and Ireland.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Through education and conservation, its goal is to prevent further declines in bumblebees and to raise awareness of the problems bumblebees face.
Beebase: Fera National Bee Unit website
UK Federal Food and Environment Research Agency – FERA sets out a plan of action for Government, beekeepers and other stakeholders to ensure a sustainable and productive future for beekeeping in England and Wales.
Bumblebees of the World
Natural History Museum – London, England provides an overview of all of the world’s bumblebee species.

Honey Shows / Competitions

FrenchThe General Agricultural Competition (Le Concours général agricole (CGA)) – An annual competition by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Affairs and Planning (MAAPRAT) to recognize the best products from French agriculture. Awards are gold, silver or bronze. For winners, see the list of all products by year
The Irish National Honey Show – See results from prior years – Gormanston, Ireland in July. Held at the Gormanston College Summer School, Gormanston, County Meath, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Dublin.
Other Irish Honey Shows: Co. Dublin Honey Show, Fota Honey Show, Royal County Honey Show, South Tipperary Honey Show, Tullamore Honey Show
The UK National Honey Show – Weybridge, Surrey in October
Royal Highland Show – Largest Agricultural Show in the UK – Edinburgh, Scotland in June
Premio Biomiel – An international competition for organic honey. See this year’s location and date. Also see Awards for past winners.

Conferences & Events

North American Beekeeping Conference
An annual conference supported by the American Beekeeping Federation, the American Honey Producers Association and the Canadian Honey Council.
Apimondia World Event Calendar
Every two years all the beekeepers of the world gather with the beekeeping researchers, supplies manufacturers, honey-traders and all the representatives of the beekeeping sector.

Bee and related directories

Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources
BeeHoo—The World’s Beekeeping Directory
Beekeeping directory and issues, in English and French.
Honey Locator – USA
National Honey Board’s online guide to find suppliers for local and specific floral varieties of honeys.
The Plant List
The working list of all plant species. The Plant List provides the Accepted Latin name for most species, with links to all Synonyms by which that species has been known. It currently lists 1,040,426 scientific plant names.
Updated Bibliography of Bees of the World
A bibliography of references that attempts to provide a complete overview of the research work done on bees so far.

Beekeepers Blogs, Forums & Websites

AustraliaAustralian Beekeepers Websites
CanadaBad Beekeeper’s Blog
CanadaCampbell’s Honey Beekeeping Blog
CanadaMud Songs
is a blog by “some guy” (his reference) from St. John’s, Newfoundland

GreeceGreek Beekeeping Blog Directory
TurkeyBeekeeper Manavgatlei (Translated to English)
RussiaPchelovod.info – Russian Beekeepers Forum (Translated to English)
USAOrganic Beekeepers Group

14 comments to Exceptional Websites & Resources

  • Hi, I really like your website and often visit it when researching honey varietals. I recently opened a business specializing in honey – huney.net, LLC. Would you mind posting a link to my website – http://www.huney.net. I have posted a link to Honey Traveler on mine – http://www.huney.net/links/. I have some unique Texas specialty honeys (Cotton, Huajillo, and Tallow Tree) that your readers might be interested in.

    Sincerely,
    Joely Rogers, President/Owner
    huney.net, LLC

  • Lucien SIMON

    I really want to thank you for your so intereting website. I discovered plenty of outstanding info on bees eand beekeeping. I have even found intereting websites in my own country (France)!!!
    I’ll certainly visit your web site on a regular basis.
    Many thanks again.
    Lucien (French beekeeper)

  • Hi Lucien:

    Thanks! I appreciate your interest and kind words.

    …SCott

  • DAMERLA RAMA RAO

    Can you detail me about bee-keepers in Spain ? Is there no bee-keeping in Spain ? I heard that the Honey from Mountains of Spain is very good quality ?

  • Hello Fellow Bee Keepers.

    I have just received a grant to pay for air travel for an expert bee keeper to come out (8 weeks+} and help develop my bee keeping farm(more details below}.

    My name is Jonathan T, and I live in the Kingdom of Tonga ( a beautiful chain of islands in the South Pacific (all year beautiful tropical weather))

    I am the only bee keeper (knewbee) here on this island in Tonga, called Vavau (link to more info on Tonga and Vavau: http://www.thekingdomoftonga.com/

    I am doing my best but am lacking hands on education in this manner to properly care for and regenerate the hives.

    I have loss over 50% of active hives and do not want to lose any more. I have recently imported 4 mated queen Italian Carniolian’s.

    Specifically i am looking for an expert Bee keeper who can come over here and teach me proper managing skills along with: splitting hives, queen rearing and requeening of hives/ Expanding the hives, identifying detrimental pests and proper eradication of such, etc…….

    I have established a non profit program here called the Tongan Self Sufficient Initiative and Bee keeping is definitely one of such areas that needs to be developed here (especially with the native diabetes problem)

    I am offering to pay for airline travel to and fro, and can throw in great tasting ice cream to boot! {i own an ice cream shop :}

    Accommodation here is quite reasonable {around $25O a month} and food is reasonable and wonderful as well.

    In between Bee Keeping There are wonderful activities to do here: snorkeling, whale watching, fishing, beaches, vegetable market, etc…

    Great restaurants, great churches, very friendly islanders etc……..

    If you are interested please email me your experiences/ credentials and any questions you might have and we can go from there.

    If you are not interested, but know of qualified beekeeper who would be, please feel free to forward this email

    I look forward to hearing from you

    You can either email, or we can skype: jonathan.d.t
    or email: giicllc@gmail.com

    (if you are wondering how i got your particular email i just did a search on Bee Keeping associations and your web site/ email came up)


    Good Bye For Now

    Jonathan

  • Hi Jonathan:

    This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for someone. I wish you the best of luck!

    Note to readers: HoneyTraveler does not endorse nor recommend any third party posts made on this site. Please validate any information posted here before acting on advice or information seen here.

    …Scott

  • Hi Scott,
    I have been using your site as a reference for about a year. You have great insight and descriptions of honeys. I am the Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at UCDavis. We are presently in development of a honey flavor and aroma wheel. Your site has been VERY helpful. We will be putting together a panel of about 15 tasters. If you lived out this way (and I don’t think you do) I would want you on the panel and on my Advisory Committee.
    Cheers to you for getting it right!
    Amina

  • Hi Amina:

    Thanks! It has been a labor of love… love of honey that is! :) I hope you let me know when you finish your honey flavor and aroma wheel. I am interested in trying it out! Once people become educated to the differences between different honeys, the market for honey will evolve and grow correspondingly.

    Perhaps when you are done with this project I could entice you to focus on honey and cheese parings! When you get a good match the result is quite astonishing.

    …Scott

  • I am working with the American Cheese Society on a presentation at this summer’s convention in Sacramento. Two weeks ago I sat down with three of their members. We had over twenty honeys and twenty cheeses. We have whittled it down to six pairings. One has to go be for the mid-summer convention.
    It was truly amazing tasting a cheese honey blend that transformed into blintzes!
    Getting it all just right was intriguing and very tasty.

  • Hi Amina:

    That sounds incredible! What were the six ‘winning’ combinations?

    …Scott

  • Just checked my email. forgot we had to cut it down.
    i know orange blossom had been paired with something. . . as was the comb honey.PAIRINGS
    1. High Plains Sweet Clover & Buff Burrata

    2. Sourwood & coupole

    3. Eucalyptus & MF Triple Creme-

    4. Snowberry & WI “Ewe Calf to be Kidding” Blue
    ALSO ON PLATE: Honey comb-

  • Johne914

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  • Armin Ebtekar

    Hello
    I’m Armin Ebtekar and 18 years old.
    I’m very interested in beekeeping and honey production
    In our house there are 32 Beehive
    I take care of them in the summer
    I have several designs in mind
    For example,
    I designed a device
    That can
    Natural honey production
    In other words,
    All mechanisms in the body of the bee and Beehive for honey production
    In this device Done

    This device is exactly like a body of the bee
    Honey that this device produces is no different with natural honey

    This device has many positive points

    Of course , I love honey bee
    And I do not want them eliminated
    I want besides them , Use of these devices

    In other words, Flowers put in the device
    the device separates nectar
    and with specific mechanisms and processes
    That the device is done
    Convert the nectar to the honey

    In addition, we can
    With other devices
    extract nectar from flowers
    Or make artificial nectar

    Of course one thing to say
    Artificial honey
    Made of water, sugar and essence and not worth
    But honey that this device produces such as honey bees
    Made of the nectar of flowers And it is quite natural

    What do you think about this design

    I waiting for your answer

    In the country where I live
    to honey production and beekeeping do not care
    My wish is that , I work in a company producing honey
    Where the bee and honey is important for them

    If there is mistake in the text
    I’m sorry

    ar.ebtekar2yahoo.com

  • Armin Ebtekar

    Hello
    Of childhood
    I’m very interested in beekeeping , honey production and honey
    I tasted different kinds honey
    I have some experience
    for example,
    Best Honey
    In terms of color , taste , nutrients And …
    Honeyed that naturally there in the mountains
    Of course , in mountains temperate
    And not too humid mountains
    And another points
    Eating honey
    Eat honey with bees’ wax
    Feel the genuine taste of honey
    And also
    Natural Honey
    Never burns
    And not frozen
    And
    Hundreds of other points about honey bees and beekeeping
    If I had free time writing

    A few days ago I wrote a message on this site
    About
    designed a device
    That can
    Natural honey production

    Mr. Scott or anyone that it read
    I wanted to know

    What is your opinion about it
    Do you have ideas to make it better

    If you believe are a good idea
    You can
    It Design record
    to name
    Me and yourself
    Patent To name me and yourself
    In the country where I live
    to honey production and beekeeping do not care

    If there is mistake in the text
    I’m sorry

    I am waiting for your answer

    ar.ebtekar@yahoo.com

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