He did ask something about books he could read and I answered that the blog included a bookstore with books that I recommend. Then I said since I had gone through a lot of changes since I started, I guess he could just read the blog entries.
When we walked away, Noah said what the man was really asking was what books to study for the Journeyman exam. I feel so bad that I didn't respond to or understand what he was asking.
So if I had a chance to do it over (and if he happens to visit this blog), here's what I would study for Journeyman if I were taking it next year:
- I'd read from cover to cover Mark Winston's The Biology of the Honey Bee
- I'd read Honey Bee Democracy by Tom Seeley - not because swarm behavior is essential to the test but because in the process of explaining swarm behavior, Dr. Seeley covers a lot of the new knowledge about bees today.
- I'd read Delaplane's First Lessons in Beekeeping since it's the official text
- I'd go to EAS or another professional bee meeting this year and listen to the featured speakers rather than to what I thought would be fun to hear
- I'd learn everything I could about queens, their biology and behavior
- Even though I'd hate every minute of it, I'd learn everything I could about diseases - causes and treatments
- I'd study the bee catalogs because they always put some weird instrument or another on the practical exam
- And I'd study insects of other species than apis mellifera because I would know I'd have to identify a number of them! (and on that item you have to get 100% right)
Sorry, nice man, that I misunderstood what you were asking. Hope if you read this, that it helps.