Suggested reading list for the senior beekeeping examination

This reading list which also includes the similar list for the Intermediate Beekeeping Examination should be consulted in conjunction with the Senior Syllabus and the on-site list of examination questions taken from previous examination papers. The texts are among the best available and the latest edition should be studied. Of course there will be duplication in the subject matter covered by the various texts and it is left to the reader which texts to study but as always when one is endeavouring to master a subject, one should read as widely as possible and also consult on-line beekeeping material.

  • Anatomy of the Honey Bee by R/ E. Snodgrass
  • Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee by H. A. Dade
  • Bee-Keeping at Buckfast Abbey by Brother Adam
  • Breeding the Honeybee by Brother Adam
  • In Search of the Best Strains of Bees by Brother Adam
  • A Manual of Beekeeping by EB Wedmore
  • Breeding Techniques and Selection for Breeding of the Honeybee by Friedrich Ruttner
  • Queen Bee: Biology, Rearing and Breeding by David Woodward
  • Bee Genetics and Breeding edited by Thomas E. Rinderer
  • The Wisdom of the Hive by Thomas D. Seeley
  • Beekeeping Study Notes Microscopy Certificate Module 9 by J.D. & B.D. Yates
  • The Pollen Loads of the Honey Bee by Dorothy Hodges
  • Honey Identification by Rex Sawyer
  • Beeswax by Ron Brown
  • Plants and Beekeeping by F.N. Howes
  • Becbretha An Old Irish Law-Tract on Bee-Keeping edited by Thomas Charles-Edwards and Fergus Kelly