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Increase Essentials

 Dr. Larry Connor examines essential aspects of making new bee colonies, from swarms or packages, purchased hives or nuclei.  He looks at the impact of modern life on beekeeping, and the changes every beekeeper faces in light of varroa mites and African bees.  He suggests that for many beekeepers, the option of wintering nucleus colonies provides a source of fresh bees, locally acclimatized queens, replacement hives, colonies for operational growth, and colonies for sale.  Drawing on the concepts of Langstroth, Doolittle and Brother Adam, the author distills his unique academic and commercial experience with bees, beekeeping, queen rearing and colony management into a concise and thought-provoking work.