Bees: Natures Little Wonders

Hardcover | September 8, 2008

byCandace Savage

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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.

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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 bi...

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 Saskatchewa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:136 pages, 8.5 × 6.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 8, 2008Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553653211

ISBN - 13:9781553653219

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Little ThingsChapter 1: Bees of the WorldChapter 2: Bees at HomeChapter 3: Bees of the FieldChapter 4: Life LessonsAcknowledgmentsNotesSelected ResourcesPicture CreditsIndex

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 ClubThis 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 LifeBehold 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 PostA 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 about the world around them.”Science Blogs.comBees may be the sort of book you will find in the bathroom at a cozy bed-and-breakfast establishment, but it is nonetheless a useful and delightful little book, lushly illustrated and complemented by sidebars containing poems, bits of folklore and so on.”Globe and Mail…given that Savage splices the sparse text with photographs, delightful old woodcuts, bee lore and bee poetry, the book’s overall effect is more whimsical than erudite or alarmist. …This short and, um, sweet book might be most suitable as a stocking stuffer for a gardener of bee lover, a fine starting point for further story of these wonderful and essential creatures.”Quill & QuireBees: Nature’s Little Wonders, is a timely celebration of these queenly insects and their importance to our ecosystem. Savage flits and buzzes around her fascinating subject matter with typical curiosity and flair. …Bees is abundant with stunning photos and quaint heritage graphics, while bee-themed verse by poets like Lorna Crozier and Emily Dickenson add a nice literary touch.”Toronto Star[Candace Savage] looked down at her arm one day, at about three years old, and saw one of the glittering creatures crawling along her skin. Even at first glance, she was mesmerized by its tiny beauty. …Key in her journey to bee enthusiast was the writing of her appropriately short and sweet tome, Bees: Nature’s Little Wonders… the latest in her long career of acclaimed books on natural history, science and popular culture.”North Shore News…a most handsome introduction to the amazing little creatures.”Globe and Mail