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Buzz : The Nature and Necessity of Bees / Thor Hanson.
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9780465052615
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, 2018.
Physical Description:
xvi, 283 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents:
Preface: a bee in the hand -- Introduction: the buzz about bees -- A vegetarian wasp -- The living vibrato -- Alone together -- A special relationship -- Where flowers bloom -- Of honeyguides and hominins -- Keeping Dumbledores -- Every third bite -- Empty nests -- A day in the sun -- Conclusion: the bee-loud glade.
Abstract:
From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round. Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.
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From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers , a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz , the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.
As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.


Author Notes

Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist and Guggenheim fellow. He lives with his wife and son on an island in Washington State.
www.thorhanson.net


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Library Journal Review

Lively and entertaining, Hanson's (The Triumph of Seeds) work introduces the world of bees-all bees, not just honeybees, which the author describes as "the chickens of the bee world." (Wild bees are far more common.) Bees have long held fascination for humans; they are mentioned in Shakespeare and found in primitive rock art. Beekeeping began in the Neolithic era, while mead, which is made from honey, is one of the oldest forms of alcoholic beverages. Hanson discusses what is known about bee evolution. The fossil evidence is poor, but it is suspected that bees evolved from sphecid wasps, coevolving with flowers, which have developed various ingenious methods of attracting them. Bees have also played a role in human evolution, with honey providing at least 15 percent of the caloric intake for hunter-gatherer groups. The author also details Colony Collapse Disorder, stating that approximately 40 percent of bee species are in decline, and provides suggestions for farmers and home gardeners in supporting bee populations. VERDICT Of interest to farmers, gardeners, ecologists, and anyone concerned about bees and their impact on our food -supply.-Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Acknowlcdginenlsp. xi
Preface: A Bee in the Handp. xiii
Introduction The Buzz About Beesp. 1
Becoming Bees
Chapter 1 A Vegetarian Waspp. 15
Chapter 2 The Living Vibratop. 31
Chapter 3 Alone Togetherp. 55
Bees and Flowers
Chapter 4 A Special Relationshipp. 77
Chapter 5 Where Flowers Bloomp. 103
Bees and People
Chapter 6 Of Honeyguidcs and Homininsp. 123
Chapter 7 Keeping Dumbledoresp. 141
Chapter 8 Every Third Bitep. 157
The Future of Bees
Chapter 9 Empty Nestsp. 175
Chapter 10 A Day in the Sunp. 201
Conclusion The Bee-Loud Gladep. 213
Appendix A Bee Families of the Worldp. 217
Appendix B Bee Conservationp. 227
Notesp. 229
Glossaryp. 251
Bihliogyaphyp. 255
Indexp. 271

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