Author: Lovleen Marwaha

The Polyandrous Queen Honey Bee: Biology and Apiculture

eBook: US $69 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $110
Printed Copy: US $76
Library License: US $276
ISBN: 978-981-5079-13-5 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5079-12-8 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2022
DOI: 10.2174/97898150791281120101


The queen honey bee is known to mate with multiple drones, and can produce over a million offspring in its lifetime. Its presence is vital to the growth and survival of a beehive. This reference book is a detailed guide to queen honey bees. The book starts by providing deep insights into the fascinating biology of the queen honey bees, their morphometric features, developmental synchronicity, genetics, hormones, pheromones, colonial organization and swarming. Further, the book describes artificial queen rearing techniques that facilitate healthy bee colony growth and increase apiculture productivity. The book equips readers with all the knowledge they need to know about queen bee development, their role in the colony and improving the health of their colon

Key Features

- 14 reader-friendly chapters that comprehensively present information about queen honey bees

- Comprehensive coverage about queen bee biology, including their physical morphology, genetics, proteomics, development and behavior (including worker and drone interactions)

- Information about the role of queen bees in colonial organization and life-cycle events

- Practical information that helps to improve bee colony health for research and apiculture (disease mechanisms and control, artificial breeding

The book is an essential primary reference on queen honey bees for biology and entomology students, academicians and researchers at all educational levels. Apiculturists, bee keeping enthusiasts, and general readers interested in honey bees can also benefit from the breadth of information presented.


Apiculturists, bee keepers, biologists, zoologists, entomologists, bee enthusiasts and general readers interested in the biology of bees.


Dear Readers,

The book Polyandrous Queen Honey Bee is attributed to the predominant caste of honey bee colony. This specific book provides information about the development of a queen honey bee, associated genetic elements, her pheromone profile, life span, immunity, mating, reproduction, artificial method of bee rearing, swarming and the role of a queen in the colony.

While working on apiculture, I was encouraged to share my experience and observations on bee farming. Further, the desire to compile the scattered information on a specific topic furthered the book writing process. Additionally, while visiting various apiaries and observing honey bee cultural practices including traditional and scientific practices, both served as great factors for compiling information in the form of a book. I am further planning to publish two more books dedicated to worker honey bees and drones.

I would like to thank my parents, sister, friends, and my students, who have shown the required support and encouragement for the completion of this work. I personally thank the management of Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India for providing the required facilities for Apiculture.


Lovleen Marwaha
Associate Professor
Department of Zoology
School of Bioengineering and Biosciences
Lovely Professional University
Punjab, India