The Bee: A Natural History (Hardcover)

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By Noah Wilson-Rich, Kelly Allin (Contribution by), Norman Carreck (Contribution by)
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Just an amazing look at the beautiful, intricate and fascinating world of bees. The perfect gift for the inquisitive person on your list - explores the relationship between humans and bees, and describes the evolution and behavior of bees. Noah Wilson-Rich is a local author, a TED speaker, and is devoted to improving and preserving honey bee health. It is a delightful book to own.


Megan

— From The Bee: A Natural History

Just an amazing look at the beautiful, intricate and fascinating world of bees. The perfect gift for the inquisitive person on your list - explores the relationship between humans and bees, and describes the evolution and behavior of bees. Noah Wilson-Rich is a local author, a TED speaker, and is devoted to improving and preserving honey bee health. It is a delightful book to own.

Megan

— From The Bee: A Natural History

Description


Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive. Bees are crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants, and the economic contributions of these irreplaceable insects measure in the tens of billions of dollars each year. Yet bees are dying at an alarming rate, threatening food supplies and ecosystems around the world. In this richly illustrated natural history of the bee, Noah Wilson-Rich and his team of bee experts provide a window into the vitally important role that bees play in the life of our planet.

Earth is home to more than 20,000 bee species, from fluorescent-colored orchid bees and sweat bees to flower-nesting squash bees and leaf-cutter bees. This book takes an incomparable look at this astounding diversity, blending an engaging narrative with practical, hands-on discussions of such topics as beekeeping and bee health. It explores our relationship with the bee over evolutionary time, delving into how it came to be, where it stands today, and what the future holds for humanity and bees alike.

  • Provides an accessible, illustrated look at the human-bee relationship over time
  • Features a section on beekeeping and handy go-to guides to the identification, prevention, and treatment of honey bee diseases
  • Covers bee evolution, ecology, genetics, and physiology
  • Includes a directory of notable bee species
  • Presents a holistic approach to bee health, including organic and integrated pest management techniques
  • Shows what you can do to help bee populations

About the Author


Noah Wilson-Rich is founder and chief scientific officer of The Best Bees Company, a Boston-based beekeeping service and research organization. Kelly Allin was lab manager at the Best Bees Company's Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary during the writing of this book. Norman Carreck is scientific director of the International Bee Research Association. Andrea Quigley is a freelance writer who contributes regularly to beekeeping journals.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780691161358
ISBN-10: 0691161356
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: August 24th, 2014
Pages: 224
Language: English