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Biology of the Honey Bee

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From ancient cave paintings of honey bee nests to modern science's richly diversified investigation of honey bee biology and its applications, the human imagination has long been captivated by the mysterious and highly sophisticated behavior of this paragon among insect societies. In the first broad treatment of honey bee biology to appear in decades, Mark Winston provides ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Harvard University Press (first published October 21st 1987)
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Laline Paull
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mark Winston, I ask your forgiveness for FORGETTING (aaarrggh) to include you in the Acknowledgments of my novel The Bees. Your book is SO brilliant and clear, any lay person (i.e. not a biologist) interested in the well-expressed and most fascinating truth of the beehive, will enjoy this book.

And, should I be fortunate enough for my novel to be reprinted, I will rectify my appalling omission.

Bee-lovers, you will enjoy this book so much that you will bore your family and friends about the amaz
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Required reading for my beekeeping class. As the title would suggest, this is a bee biology book. I can't recommend it for pleasure reading unless you are really into bees. But as a reference, it's great. ...more
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this book to gain foundational knowledge for my graduate school research involving honey bee scent foraging behavior. It is an excellent resource for honey bee biology education for apiarists, though a bit dated. It will introduce you to so many of the most important topics and historical research done with honey bees. As I mentioned, it is dated and will need to be supplemented with other texts to gain a complete picture of current knowledge in the field. The writing is really easy to fo ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very thorough book on bee biology. It’s quite technical but I found it surprisingly readable. It needs a bit of an update and could do with more illustrations and would otherwise have scored as five stars.
Asif Arastu
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is just an amazing read. The intricate details of the Honeybee's lives and the perfection of their daily lives , their hive construction is brilliant. ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The honey bee exhibits a combination of individual traits and social cooperation which is unparalleled in the animal kingdom."

One can't live on fiction alone: reading about nature helps keep one's mind in balance. A year ago I reviewed Sue Hubbell's A Book of Bees , a wonderful book about the practice of beekeeping. Dr. Mark L. Winston is one of the world's foremost experts on honey bees and his monograph "The Biology of the Honey Bee" (1987) summarizes well over a 100 years' worth of research
Steven Shook
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bees, naturalist, nature
Winston's Biology of the Honey Bee, though dated given the mass volume of new information concerning honey bees available today [2018], provides an excellent overview of the biology and life history of honey bees. Well worth reading if you are a beekeeper. ...more
Grace McCutchen
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Extremely informative, well written, and well cited.
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