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Following the Wild Bees

The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting By Thomas D. Seeley

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,

Following the Wild Bees

The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

By Thomas D. Seeley


Princeton University Press




1st Edition