Buzz the nature and necessity of bees
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor HansonFrom the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. Theyve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.
As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and youll never overlook them again.
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
A reminder of why bees are wonders that we must protect. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Basic Books, New York. This review refers to the hardcover edition. I f you have read other books by Thor Hanson, you know how user-friendly his prose can be.
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Hanson is an upbeat and often humorous guide. If you have time to read one book on what is happening with modern bees, you can't do better than Buzz ". Hanson is an insightful observer of evolution, at his most elegant when digging deep into the science. In it, Thor Hanson reminds us that the story of bees is the story of the origin of societies, of sweetness and collapse, of flowers and their sex, and if the humans who study all of these things. It is a story of evolution and biodiversity, a story that bears on much of the food we eat but also so very much else. Buy it.