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QueenSpotting

Meet the Remarkable Queen Bee and Discover the Drama at the Heart of the Hive

Hilary Kearney

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Storey Publishing LLC
01 June 2019
Mathematics & Sciences; Apiculture (beekeeping); Puzzles & quizzes; Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders
Popular urban beekeeper Hilary Kearney challenges nature lovers, science fans, and beekeepers alike to spot the queen in 48 amazing fold-out photo puzzles, accompanied by stories of the dramatic life of the queen honey bee and stories of swarm-capturing adventures. At the heart of every bee hive is a queen bee. Since her well-being is linked to the well-being of the entire colony, the ability to find her among the residents of the hive is an essential beekeeping skill. In QueenSpotting, experienced beekeeper and professional swarm catcher Hilary Kearney challenges readers to spot the queen with 48 fold-out queenspotting puzzles - vivid up-close photos of the queen hidden among her many subjects. QueenSpotting celebrates the unique, fascinating life of the queen bee chronicles of royal hive happenings such as The Virgin Death Match, The Nuptual Flight - when the queen mates with a cloud of male drones high in the air - and the dramatic Exodus of the Swarm from the hive. Readers will thrill at Kearney's adventures in capturing these swarms from the strange places they settle, including a Jet Ski, a couch, a speed boat, and an owl's nesting box. Fascinating, fun, and instructive, backyard beekeepers and nature lovers alike will find reason to return to the pages again and again. AUTHOR: Hilary Kearney is the author of QueenSpotting and the creator of Girl Next Door Honey, a beekeeping business that offers educational opportunities to hundreds of new beekeepers each year. She maintains the blog Beekeeping Like A Girl and her writing on bees has appeared in Modern Farmer and Gritmagazines. SELLING POINTS:

Presents a unique perspective on a subject with widespread appeal. Public interest in honey bees is soaring, with honey bees at the center of a passionate global movement to protect vulnerable pollinators, and membership in beekeeping associations skyrocketing nationwide.

Distinctive package with 48 fold-out queenspotting puzzles and amazing photos from inside the hive make this a perfect gift for bee lovers, beekeepers, and anyone fascinated with the behavior and patterns of the natural world.

A charismatic author with a thriving platform. Hilary Kearney is an urban beekeeper, beekeeping instructor, swarm catcher, and artist with a passion for her work, an engaging voice, and a talent for writing about science with vividness and clarity. Full-colour; photographs and illustrations throughout; 128 pp plus 48 fold-out photo puzzles
By:   Hilary Kearney
Imprint:   Storey Publishing LLC
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 178mm, 
ISBN:   9781635860375
ISBN 10:   1635860377
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   01 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Hilary Kearney is the author of QueenSpotting and the creator of Girl Next Door Honey, a beekeeping business that offers educational opportunities to hundreds of new beekeepers each year. She maintains the blog Beekeeping Like A Girl and her writing on bees has appeared in Modern Farmer and Grit magazines. Her work has been the subject of features in Huffington Post, Vogue, Mother Earth News, and other outlets. She rescues wild bee colonies and manages around 90 hives in her hometown of San Diego, California.

Reviews for QueenSpotting: Meet the Remarkable Queen Bee and Discover the Drama at the Heart of the Hive

Few will be able to resist beekeeper Kearney's master class in beekeeping, a delightful mixture of how-to tips, popular science trivia, and interactive challenges... [A] spellbinding study of one of the world's most important insects, and one with appeal for kids as well as adults. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) A unique contribution to the vast sea of books on bees and beekeeping, and super useful for beekeepers hoping to hone their queen-finding skills. A brilliant little book! -- Thomas D. Seeley, author of The Lives of Hives, Honeybee Democracy, and The Wisdom of the Hive Entertaining and educational. A great read for bee lovers and new-bees alike! -- Melissa Hayes, MinuteEarth What a trip! Delightfully written and technically accurate, Queenspotting peeks into the queen's domain. With fresh prose and charming stories from the field, Kearney leads you through the intricacies of hive life and royal behavior. But more than that, the book is just plain fun. I couldn't rest until I spotted every wily monarch! -- Rusty Burlew, HoneyBeeSuite.com Hilary Kearney writes lyrically, specifically, and succinctly, in a way that communicates her fascination and wonder while being factually accurate. Anyone interested in bees will enjoy this book. -- Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper It is rare that a single book can appeal to such a variety of readers: curious non-beekeepers who will appreciate the good science writing and enjoy the puzzles; beginning beekeepers who want to increase their knowledge and queen-spotting skills; and experienced beekeepers will find their sense of wonder about bees rekindled and be able to congratulate themselves on having developed really good 'queen eyes.' -- Better Bee


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