James E. Tew has been keeping bees for over 40 years. He has a PhD in Entomology and is currently a Consulting Professor at Auburn University, where he conducts beekeeping educational programs and maintains social media systems that support the Alabama beekeeping industry. Recently retired from The Ohio State University, where he worked for 33 years as an Associate Professor focusing on pollination ecology and the use of honeybees and native bees as pollination agents, James gives lectures and workshops for beekeepers in the US and UK, runs the website One Tew Bee (onetew.com), and has written numerous books, including Wisdom for Beekeepers, as well as articles for Bee Culture magazine.
Many introductory works on beekeeping discuss some of the issues that may surface with a new hive, but this single volume covers the 100 most general beekeeping problems and their solutions. Tew, an entomologist and consulting professor at Auburn University in Alabama, bee blogger (onetew.com), and author (Wisdom for Beekeepers), has worked with bees for almost 40 years and draws from both personal and professional experience. Chapters are divided into basic areas such as equipment, queen production, pest control, and producing honey. Within each section, issues are laid out as questions in lay terms, such as I don't know where to get my first bees, Wasps are attacking the bees, and Honey has granulated in the comb. The author accompanies each problem with a cause and solution; full-color photographs and a glossary provide additional information. VERDICT Newer beekeepers looking for a quick reference guide will find that this book covers most common problems. Experienced beekeepers may want more specific works. - Library Journal