This is a collection of free resources about bees and beekeeping. If you know of any other good resources, please let us know in the comments!

Books and courses

The cover of L L Langstroth’s 1853 classic

Bee Biology and Beekeeping course by Ohio State University: A free course with 138 (!) segments covering topics such as swarming, queen rearing and Varroa mites.

The Hive and the Honey-Bee: This classic by L L Langstroth, “the father of American beekeeping”, was published in 1853 and is still in print!

Beekeeping for All: Another classic by the French priest and beekeeping enthusiast, Abbé Émile Warré (1867-1951). Contains lines such as “beekeeping is a moral activity, as far as it keeps one away from cafés and low places and puts before the beekeeper an example of work, order and devotion to the common cause.”

A Practical Manual of Beekeeping: A more modern offering (from 2008) with illustrations and practical info and tips about all aspects of beekeeping.

Bees in Britain: Free ebook by the Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society focusing on the lesser-known native bee species (mining bees, carpenter bees, leaf-cutter bees and all the rest). Unfortunately text-only for now (no illustrations).

The Hive and the Honeybee: Not to be confused with Langstroth’s classic book (see above), this is a selection from Cornell’s Albert R. Mann Library, one of the largest and most complete apiculture libraries in the world.

The Beekeeper’s Library: Another collection of bee books available for free online (though not all are of equal quality).


There are hundreds of bee blogs on the internet, but these are some of our favourites:

Bad Beekeeping: Ron from Calgary runs one of our favourite bee blogs on the internet – a great blend of humour, unexpected facts and general bee wisdom.

HoneyBeeSuite: Rusty, a master beekeeper from western Washington, has a scientific take on beekeeping (and, based on the comment threads, an amazing community of regular readers).

Adventuresinbeeland: An upbeat and informative blog by Emily, who keeps bees at an allotment in Ealing, West London.

Natural Beekeeping Trust: If you’ve ever wondered what natural beekeeping is all about or wanted to give it a go, this is the blog for you.

Linda’s Bees: One of the best-known bee blogs, run by an Atlanta beekeeper who has been keeping bees and blogging since 2006 (sadly inactive since August 2016).

The Bee Journal: Barbara from Ontario records her research and adventures with bees.

Beekeeping Like A Girl: By Hilary from San Diego, California – an artist turned beekeeper who practices natural, treatment-free beekeeping.

Bee Thinking: A blog by a company which sells beekeeping supplies. Some posts advertise their products, but most are quite informative.

Other websites

BBKA: Official website of the British Beekeepers Association, with news of events, advice and other resources.

Bush Farms: The Practical Beekeeper: A fount of information about natural beekeeping, and beekeeping in general.

Decoding the Language of the Bee: Nobel Lecture by Karl von Frisch, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973 for translating the meaning of the waggle dance.

BWAR Information Sheets: The Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society’s info sheets on gardening for bees, bee hotels and identification.

Bumblebees of the World: The Natural History Museum’s research and resources on bumblebees (including identification aids).

British Bees on Flickr: High-quality close-up photos of nearly all 278 species of bee on the British and Irish list.

Honey recipes from the US National Honey Board.


The Case of Death and Honey: A short story by Neil Gaiman featuring Sherlock Holmes as a beekeeper. Enough said!

The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees: A short story by E. Lily Yu – 2011 Nebula Award nominee and 2012 Hugo Award nominee for best short story.

Documentaries and videos