The Carl Hayden Bee Research Center at the University of Arizona
has developed a thorough and appealing site on bees. In addition to tips on bee-friendly
gardens and facts about Africanized honeybees ("killer bees"), GEARS offers a concise
natural history of the honeybee. Check out the GEARS atlas of the honeybee, which
contains astonishing images taken with a scanning electron microscope.
Whatever it is you are looking for about insects, if it
exists on the Web, you will find it listed here.
BooksThe Wisdom of the Hive:
The Social Physiology of Honey Bee Colonies
By Thomas D. Seeley.
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995.
A rigorously scientific yet accessible book by one of the leading bee researchers
in the field. Presents findings of years of studying the social and physical structure of hives, focusing
on individual bees' fascinating behaviors, such as the waggle dance, and how they contribute to the well-being
of the whole. Seeley is also author of Honeybee Ecology: A Study of Adaptation in Social Life (Princeton
University Press, 1985).
The Honey Bee
By James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould.
New York: Scientific American Library, 1988.
A well-illustrated primer including chapters on beekeeping, communication, navigation, flower learning, evolution of the dance, and more.
A Comprehensive Survey
Edited by Eva Crane.
London: William Heinemann Ltd, 1975.
Published in conjunction with the Bee Research Association, this book features papers by various authors detailing everything you would ever want to know about honey: which flowers make the nectar, which bees make the honey, how they do it, how honey is prepared for market, the history of honey, even wines produced from fermenting honey.
ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture:
An Encyclopedia Pertaining to Scientific and Practical Culture of Bees
By A. I. Root.
Medina, Ohio: A. I. Root Co., 1950.
This classic encyclopedia on beekeeping, first published in 1877 by the man many consider the father of modern beekeeping, is regularly updated. Even if you're not interested in starting an apiary, it makes fascinating reading.
The Honeybee and the Robber:
A Moving Picture Book
by Eric Carle.
New York: Philomel Books, 1981.
An engaging and inventive pop-up book that takes you through one worker bee's quest to get back to her hive.
The Magic School Bus:
Inside a Beehive
by Joanna Cole,
Illustrated by Bruce Degen.
New York: Scholastic, 1996.
Ms. Frizzle's students morph into honeybees, and the magic school bus turns into a beehive. This title is a delightful and informative look at life in a hive. Learn about honey making, bee communication, and honeybee society.
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