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Following The Wild Bees

Author : Thomas D. Seeley
ISBN : 9781400880331
Genre : Nature
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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. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter. Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter's reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild. Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you're a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists.

Honeybee Democracy

Author : Thomas D. Seeley
ISBN : 140083595X
Genre : Science
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Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees. In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together--as a swirling cloud of bees--to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution. An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.

Hunting Wild Bees

Author : Robert E. Donovan
ISBN : CORNELL:31924002146151
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Relates the skills and methods used in locating, capturing, and transporting wild bees back to a managed hive and reviews the process for rendering honey and beeswax

The Bee Hunter

Author : George Harold Edgell
ISBN : 9781789122589
Genre : Nature
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Originally published in 1949, this amusing and informative little book gives a charming account of an avocation seriously pursued by the author for fifty summers. It provides as well, with clarity and wit, a manual for lovers of nature (and wild honey) who might wish to undertake this ingenious sport. George Harold Edgell sticks his neck out on the first page and says no other book describing the proper approach to wild bees exists. “It is time,” he says, “for someone who has hunted bees and found bee trees to write the facts.”

Bees In America

Author : Tammy Horn
ISBN : 0813191637
Genre : Nature
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In this enlightening cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States, Horn, herself a beekeeper, shows how the honey bee was one of the first symbols of colonization and how bees' societal structures have shaped our ideals about work, family, community, and leisure.

The World History Of Beekeeping And Honey Hunting

Author : Ethel Eva Crane
ISBN : 9781136746697
Genre : Reference
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This definitive work by world-renowned bee authority Eva Crane offers a fascinating account of bees and their complex relations with both humans and animals. Comprehensive, absorbing, and lavishly illustrated, this scholarly, yet accessible volume explores how bees, honey and other bee products have been gathered and utilized throughout the world. Beginning with the rock paintings of the Mesolithic cave dwellers, readers will learn about the variety of methods used by human beekeepers, the stratagems used by animal honey-hunters, and the multitude of products humans have derived from bees. The first in-depth book on the subject, the World History of Beekeeping and Honey-Hunting is the ultimate work on bees for scholars in biology and the life sciences, professional and amateur beekeepers, and anyone who is interested in bees or the collection of honey.

The Wisdom Of The Hive

Author : Thomas D Seeley
ISBN : 9780674043404
Genre : Science
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This book describes and illustrates the results of more than fifteen years of elegant experimental studies conducted by the author to investigate how a colony of bees is organized to gather its resources. The results of his research--including studies of the shaking signal, tremble dance, and waggle dance--offer the clearest, most detailed picture available of how a highly integrated animal society works.

Wisdom Of The Bees

Author : Erik Berrevoets
ISBN : 9780880109055
Genre : Science
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The Behaviour And Social Life Of Honeybees

Author : Ronald Ribbands
ISBN : 1908904879
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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This book is a comprehensive review, designed to meet the needs of SCIENTISTS, BEEKEEPERS, AND ALL READERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE NATURAL HISTORY OF INSECTS. It is written in everyday English, without scientific jargon. The author particularly emphasises the most recent researches, including surprising results which have hitherto only been described in scientific journals. In addition, many interesting experiments are now reported for the first time. The author also provides evidence to show that the honeybee community is no longer something incomprehensible; he builds up a picture step by step which enables him to explain its greatest mysteries in terms which are easy to understand. Understanding of these facts can help BEEKEEPERS in the intelligent pursuit of their craft; scientific aspects of many practical beekeeping problems are fully discussed. FARMERS AND FRUIT GROWERS will be particularly interested in the chapters concerned with pollination and with the possibility of directing honeybees to particular crops.

New Observations On The Natural History Of Bees

Author : François Huber
ISBN : WISC:89094195732
Genre : Apidae
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