Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping explains bee biology, what bees do, and provides the tools which make it possible for an individual to successfully manage bee colonies. The author has concentrated on the "why" aspects of bee biology so that the reader understands "when" and "how" certain things must be done to colonies. Bees and beekeeping are explained in a manner meaningful to a person who lacks an extensive background or knowledge of biology. Yet the author has not oversimplified bee biology to the point where it is meaningless to the serious beekeeper or informed biologist.
Minor revisions to keep the material relevant were done with a number of the reprintings of this text over the years. It became evident, however, that a major revision, including an upgrade in photos and drawings, was needed to retain this book as the premier text book for university bee courses and the numerous master beekeeping and beekeeping short courses that were using it. The 2013 revised edition is therefore now updates and illustrated with hundreds of colour photos and illustrations.