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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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 24th 2014 by Princeton University Press (first published August 1st 2014)
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Hildegunn
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very well written and thorough book about bees, richly illustrated. Contrary to most other books, this one includes information about all the different types of bees, from wild bees to domesticated bees, bumble bees and stingless bees, social bees and solitary bees. A lot is covered, but without drilling too deep into each topic, making it very much a popular science book available to anyone. The book is chock full of information and probably the most complete bee book I have come across to da ...more
Dorothy
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature
The argument could be and has been made that bees are essential to life on Earth as we know it. They are most certainly crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants.

The creatures are known to pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive and those plants make economic contributions in the tens of billions of dollars every year. Therefore, it is very important on many levels that we have a healthy population of bees.

But bees are in trouble.
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Meghan Fidler
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: future-farmhouse
Beautifully illustrated and intrepid in his use of detailed scientific discourse on genetics, aerodynamics, and biology, Noah Wilson-Rich's "The Bee" was an afternoon well spent. Bees have such a fascinating little buzz about them! ...more
Fox
The Bee: A Natural History is certainly one of the most thorough overviews of the insect that I have yet laid my hands upon. The book covers all aspects of the bees - from their natural history to their importance to humans over the years, to beekeeping, and finally to the future of the species. The sections on bee husbandry were especially interesting, and included helpful items such as charts on bee care - both chemical and organic.

Did you know that a certain level of Varroa mites is expecte
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Sue
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything I could desire in a book: good topic, lots of pictures, good size.
Ted
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My interest in bees came through my photography of flowers. The variety of bees, their shapes, colors and sizes fascinated me. I find this book fascinating with information about bees, their role in human history, their importance for food production, and their many and varied habits. Bees have suffered recently, perhaps largely due to humanity's effects on the environment. Because our lives are so intertwined, it makes sense for us to help the bees as best we can. ...more
Rose
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book, science
An excellent introduction to bees
David Hopkins
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
In a body of brief bits of information, Noah Wilson-Rich offers a broad and knowledgeable scope of topics. As a 45-year beekeeper of constant studies, I find this book informative and inspiring. It is a fine book for everyone's curiosity. The book is beautiful in terms of photography and typography. I think it gives the book more value than meets the eye. After all there are a thousand words in a photo, especially beautifully crafted photos like these that invite lingering and admiration. And th ...more
Daniel
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
After I finished reading this book I thought what do I write in my review about the book. Thinking about what to write in this review did not help me. I liked the bee guide. One fascinating fact I learned for this book is that ever four minutes the sun moves one degree to the west. Cool. I also liked reading about the waggle and the round dances. I know if I were a bee I would never find any food. Its amazing to me that they can find their way to pollinate any flowers at all.
I can't think of a
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Rob Caswell
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good overall primer on modern bees, with a concentration on wild and domestic honey bees - "natural history being only a part of the content. ID guide is handy, but seems to lean largely on Eurasian species. Includes robust notes on bee keeping and current pathogen and parasite problems effecting the contemporary populations. ...more
Daniel
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good and comprehensive guide to all things on BEE!
Maggie Gruenbacher
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most amazing creature! Great book and pics
Topherjaynes
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gob’s not on board.


Very digestible and learned more than I thought I would. Very lovely layout.
Stephanie
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Thoroughly amazing read - the author summarizes almost every topic about bees. Oh the eye-opening things I learned reading this book. Perfect for really anyone - not very heavy on scientific terms. Random pick for me.
False
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-nature
A beautifully put together book, but for a very intelligent middle schooler. Still. I enjoyed reading it.
Janet
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature
Informative and entertaining.
Michael Blackmore
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, science
Good overview of biology and behaviors of the various bees of the world. Serves as a nice introduction to the topic with a generous bibliographic for further reading.
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