I think it’s necessary to include this because there comes a time in beekeeping when one has an epiphany! Obviously one learns a great deal from books, other beekeepers, the internet and one’s own experience.
The epiphany occurs when one realizes that; no matter how many books you read, no matter how many opinions you hear, no matter how long you keep bees, no matter how much you think you know, the bees will always retain the right to do something different. I know this makes people laugh, but I assure you it is true.
They have an infinite capacity to make you look foolish. I have said many times, "The bees don’t read the same books!" When it happens remember this and don’t hold me responsible.