Queen-Rearing Essentials [QRE]

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At the request of readers and instructors, Dr. Connor has added sixty more pages of techniques and queen management ideas. He has expanded the concept of the queenless builder colony for use by those beekeepers who want to graft more frequently. This book will help you if you only need a few queens a year, or if you want to produce hundreds or thousands. The concepts are basic, the photographs "astounding", and the book comes "Highly Recommended" by reviewers. If you save the cost of one queen, you have paid for the book and learned a great deal about bees and queens.


Paperback: 160 pages



Editorial Reviews




I learned how to graft from Dr. Connor and the second edition of Queen Rearing Essentials has taken queen rearing for the small-scale/sideliner beekeeper to a new reachable level. No longer is queen rearing a scary, untouchable, experts only task. With new and updated information, this book is the go-to book for anyone interested in raising queens. --Stephen J. Repasky, EAS Master Beekeeper, Pittsburgh, PA

Certainly enjoyed the read and reread and reread … and look forward to keeping this in my queen rearing car. --Dr. Carol Armatis, Maine Beekeeper and Internist

This book is one-stop shopping for all you need to know to raise your own queens. A terrific update with all the latest information by the premier teacher of how to raise queens. Highly recommended! --Dan O Hanlon, President, West VA Queen Producers


About the Author

Kalamazoo, Michigan native Lawrence John Connor completed his Ph.D. dissertation on strawberry pollination before assuming the position of extension apicultural entomologist at The Ohio State University Columbus. There, his program attracted the attention of investors interested in moving the Dadant Starline and Midnite Hybrid queen programs to Florida to establish the world s first mass production facility for instrumentally inseminated honey bee queens. He later moved to Connecticut where he established the Beekeeping Educational Service, offering educational programs for beekeepers. He purchased Wicwas Press from Dr. Roger and Mary Lou Morse. Today, he operates from his hometown of Kalamazoo. He has written and edited a number of beekeeping books and is in demand at beekeeping meetings as speaker and workshop presenter.

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