The Bee: A Natural History

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The Bee: A Natural History


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Explores the role that bees play in the life of the planet, detailing such topics as the diversity of bee species, the human-bee relationship over time, beekeeping, identification, bee ecology and genetics, and bee health.

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. In this richly illustrated natural history of the bee, Noah Wilson-Rich and his team of bee experts provide a window into the vitally important role that bees play in the life of our planet.

Earth is home to more than 20,000 bee species, from fluorescent-colored orchid bees and sweat bees to flower-nesting squash bees and leaf-cutter bees. This book takes an incomparable look at this astounding diversity, blending an engaging narrative with practical, hands-on discussions of such topics as beekeeping and bee health. It explores our relationship with the bee over evolutionary time, delving into how it came to be, where it stands today, and what the future holds for humanity and bees alike.
Provides an accessible, illustrated look at the human-bee relationship over time
Features a section on beekeeping and handy go-to guides to the identification, prevention, and treatment of honey bee diseases
Covers bee evolution, ecology, genetics, and physiology
Includes a directory of notable bee s"pecies"
Presents a holistic approach to bee health, including organic and integrated pest management techniques
Shows what you can do to help bee populations