The Lives of Bees

The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild

The Latest important book from a world leading scientist! (Hardback, 432 pages)

Humans have kept honey bees in hives for millennia, yet only in recent decades have biologists begun to investigate how these industrious insects live in the wild. The Live of Bees is Thomas Seeley’s captivating story of what scientists are learning about the behaviour, social life, and survival strategies of honey bees living outside the beekeeper’s hive. In engagingly elegant and deeply personal prose, Seeley – a world authority on honey bees – demonstrates how wild honey bees could hold the key to reversing the alarming die-off of the planet’s managed honey bee populations.

“This remarkable book eloquently explains how to be a better partner with honey bees, using nature as a guide. Seeley draws on insight and wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of research and hard work-and provides plenty of instructions and illustrations. The Lives of Bees is for everyone who has, or wants to have, honey bees in their lives.”
Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine

“Thomas Seeley is the great detective of the bee world, unearthing clues that make this fascinating creature even more compelling. This is science at its most congenial!.”
Bill McKibben, author of ‘Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?’

“Thomas Seeley gives us the knowledge we need to rethink beekeeping. He deftly articu­lates how honey bees survive-and thrive-living naturally inside trees. Meanwhile, within vast beekeeping industries, honey bee mortality remains at an all-time high. This marvellous book enables the thinking beekeeper to learn from the natural life systems of resilient and healthy honey bees.”
Nicola Bradbear, Director of Bees for Development

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