Bees: Nature's Little Wonders

by Candace Savage, Candace Savage

GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | September 8, 2008 | Hardcover

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The bee may have a brain the size of a grass seed, but in its brief, five-week life it works as a brood nurse, wax producer, comb builder, honey maker, home guard, and floral forager.

Bees: Nature''s Little Wonders invites readers to take a new look at creatures that are both familiar and wondrously odd. It considers the diversity and biology of bees, including their peculiar sociosexual arrangements (pity the poor drone), their quirky relationships with flowers, and their startling mental abilities: What are we to make of insects that communicate through symbolic dances? The book also addresses the mysterious syndrome known as colony collapse disorder and identifies opportunities for the conservation of pollinators.

Enriched with cultural sidebars and complemented by a stunning collection of images, Bees is a must-read for conservationists, gardeners, and everyone else who cares about the world around them.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Also available in paperback.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 136 pages, 8.5 × 6.5 × 0.68 in

Published: September 8, 2008

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553653211

ISBN - 13: 9781553653219

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Bees: Nature's Little Wonders

by Candace Savage, Candace Savage

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 136 pages, 8.5 × 6.5 × 0.68 in

Published: September 8, 2008

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553653211

ISBN - 13: 9781553653219

Table of Contents

Introduction: Little Things Chapter 1: Bees of the World Chapter 2: Bees at Home Chapter 3: Bees of the Field Chapter 4: Life Lessons Acknowledgments Notes Selected Resources Picture Credits Index

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The bee may have a brain the size of a grass seed, but in its brief, five-week life it works as a brood nurse, wax producer, comb builder, honey maker, home guard, and floral forager.

Bees: Nature''s Little Wonders invites readers to take a new look at creatures that are both familiar and wondrously odd. It considers the diversity and biology of bees, including their peculiar sociosexual arrangements (pity the poor drone), their quirky relationships with flowers, and their startling mental abilities: What are we to make of insects that communicate through symbolic dances? The book also addresses the mysterious syndrome known as colony collapse disorder and identifies opportunities for the conservation of pollinators.

Enriched with cultural sidebars and complemented by a stunning collection of images, Bees is a must-read for conservationists, gardeners, and everyone else who cares about the world around them.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Also available in paperback.

About the Author

Candace Savage is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books on subjects ranging from natural history and science to popular culture. She is the author of the best-selling natural history titles Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies and Jays and Prairie: A Natural History, for which she won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and a Gold Medal from ForeWord Magazine in 2004. She is also a frequent contributor to numerous periodicals, including Canadian Geographic. She lives in Saskatoon, SK.

Editorial Reviews

"Bees: Nature’s Little Wonders will be a favorite reference book for years to come. The mix of science, folk-lore, quotes and images is splendid."" Bee Scene [Savage] proceeds to intertwine a thoughtful study of bee biology with poems, fables, and ancient religious texts, weaving a unique history of the honey-makers that have enchanted humans for centuries.” Sierra Club This is a honey of a little book in more ways than one. It is all about bees, insects many of us were fascinated by as children, as we watched them move from flower to flower, collecting honey. …This is a wonderful book that makes you appreciate the bee world all the more. Great for children or adults, this book should BEE on your shopping list!” Shelf Life Behold the honeybee, striped provider of sweetness and light to humans for thousands of years. These bugs certainly make Cheerios taste better, but could it be that we as a species have something to learn from their behaviour? In Bees: Nature’s Little Wonders …Candace Savage maintains that we do. ‘Unlike human groups, which often seem less intelligent than the individuals who make them up, a swarm of bees is always smarter than the sum of its parts.’” National Post A readable and well illustrated account of the natural and human history of bees. This book invites its readers to take a new look at insects that are both familiar and wondrously odd. …Filled with stunning images, this is a must-read for conservationists, gardeners, and everyone else who cares a
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