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Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

Thomas D. Seeley

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Princeton University Pres
15 March 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Insects (entomology); Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders
A how-to book on an exhilarating outdoor activity and a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Weaving informative discussions of bee biology with colorful anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos, Thomas Seeley describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. The bee hunter's reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild. Whether you're a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, this book is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists.
By:   Thomas D. Seeley
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691191409
ISBN 10:   0691191409
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   15 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thomas D. Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. His books include The Lives of Bees, Honeybee Democracy, and Honeybee Ecology (all Princeton).

Reviews for Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

Seeley's passion for the social insects blazes as he quotes historical accounts by Henry David Thoreau and describes the intricacies of the chase. --Barbara Kiser, Nature Seeley has been studying honeybees in the wild for decades and in the course of his research has made something of an art of finding--and leaving undisturbed--feral colonies. That he's had a grand time doing so is abundantly clear in this slim volume. --Kirkus Delightful. --Harvard Magazine A must have book for all beekeepers and bee lovers. --Scott Shalaway, Youngstown Vindicator Highly engaging. --Gard W. Otis, American Entomologist Anyone deeply interested in natural history will ignore this mad little volume at their peril. --Simon Ings, New Scientist Following the Wild Bees just might give readers an intellectually (and physically) stimulating new outdoor activity. --The Scientist All will come away with an enhanced appreciation for how scientists think and how important observations of animals and plants in nature can be made with the simplest tools--using only our senses and a bit of patience. --Stephen L. Buchmann, Quarterly Review of Biology An excellent addition to anyone's bee library. --Adrian Waring, Bee Craft


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