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by Candace Savage

eBook Bees: Nature's Little Wonders (David Suzuki Foundation Series) download ISBN: 1553655311
Author: Candace Savage
Publisher: Greystone Books (May 1, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 136
ePub: 1397 kb
Fb2: 1121 kb
Rating: 4.5
Other formats: lrf lit mbr doc
Category: Math Sciences
Subcategory: Biological Sciences

The bee may have a brain the size of a grass seed, but in its brief, five-week life it works as a brood nurse, wax producer, comb builder, honey maker, home guard, and floral forager. Bees: Nature's Little Wonders invites readers to take a new look at creatures that are both familiar and wondrously odd. It considers the diversity and biology of bees, including their peculiar sociosexual arrangements (pity the poor drone), their quirky relationships with flowers, and their startling mental abilities: What are we to make of insects that communicate through symbolic dances? The book also addresses the mysterious syndrome known as colony collapse disorder and identifies opportunities for the conservation of pollinators. Enriched with cultural sidebars and complemented by a stunning collection of images, Bees is a must-read for conservationists, gardeners, and anyone intrigued by the natural world.
Comments: (7)
Early Waffle
This lovely book is quite well written, filled with anecdotes, history, facts, and features. And the illustrations added charm, so make a BEE line to your bookstore (or amazon) and buy it.
Not as informative as I was looking for. Everyone considering the hobby of beekeeping should read everything they can get their hands on pertaining to honeybees and beekeeping but with that said this is not one of those books I would put on my priority list.
Quick read, includes lots of information from earlier bee history and lore books, but sums things all up with lots of pictures.
One of the MOST interesting books ever! I enjoed this book immensely and would recommend it highly. Glad I purchased it and I'm sharing it!!!
I picked up "Bees: Natures Little Wonders" by Candace Savage at the local library. I did not expect too much from it as it is very short (less than 130 pp.) and it had some interesting, but mostly antique, illustrations. However I found it to be a surprising little gem of a book even if it can be read in a hour or so. It is full of interesting facts and the emphasis on the work of Karl Von Frisch and his student Martin Landauer really made the book work well. The blocks of quotes and poetry about bees, along with the very well produced antique illustrations also make this little book well worth the acquisition.

One thing that I got from reading this book was a heightened respect for Von Frisch and Landauer, both for their elegant experiments with bees and their anti-Nazism while working in Munich, not an easy political stance from 1932-1944, when Von Frisch moved back to Austria just before allied bombs reduced the Zoological Institute to rubble. By comparison Konrad Lorenz collaborated with the Nazis (even becoming a member of the party!) and wrote some very embarrassing articles that caused an estrangement between him and his Dutch student Niko Tinbergen. Tinbergen spent much of the war in a Nazi internment camp. Lorenz, Tinbergen and Von Frisch shared the Nobel Prize in 1973, but in my opinion (and in the opinion of many critics at the time) the last two were the more deserving. As noted by Savage, Von Frisch and Landauer's conclusions were challenged, but their results were confirmed by several other researchers.

Bees are fascinating and necessary creatures, who (as Savage points out) are not the mechanical automatons of popular science. Their relatively complex dance language was at first hard for some researchers to accept, but now it is routinely studied. This little book gives the reader a basic look at the life, behavior and history of bees, especially the honey bee, and is I think a great starting point for further reading, or at least for a new appreciation of these important pollinators for the general reader who does not want to go further.
Like another reviewer, I picked this book up at my local library. At less than 130 pages (including notes, bibliography and index), on first glance this appeared be a small and off-beat story about bees geared primarily to young readers.

What a surprise! Less is more! Over the course of this book, author Candace Savage says more about bees than most "esteemed" academic writers say in hundreds of pages. It is refreshingly readable.

Perhaps her greatest gift is in the telling of the work of Karl Von Frisch and Martin Lindauer. Over twenty-five pages, she capsulizes their research in figuring out the bee dance as it relates to foraging behavior for nectar, water and pollen. The Nobel prize in Physics was awarded in the 1970's for this cutting-edge research.

I loved the short segment entitled "Bee 107," a single bee marked by Lindauer in 1949 that he observed continuously for hours on end. Bee 107 was seen as capable of changing its behavior as needs of the colony changed. As a house bee whose duties would typically involve doing different tasks at different stages of its life, Lindauer's direct observations of Bee 107 revealed that she spent considerable time "just looking around, to "find something that needs to be done." Not limited by her "stage," Bee 107 actually engaged in a multitude of behaviors which included everything from feeding larvae, cleaning cells, grooming the queen, capping pupae, building comb, storing pollen and nectar, capping honey. Bee 107 identified the work to be done on an as-needed basis, shifting tasks accordingly.

I have read many other bee works. Savage's concise, spot-on narrative cuts to the chase!

Savage thanks bee researchers Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois and Tom Seeley of Cornell University for their read-through and vetting her narrative. She identifies Tom Seeley as heir-apparent and worthy successor to the research developed by Lindauer, mighty big shoes to fill.

Seeley has conducted years-worth of experiments on colonies as they swarm and seek new colony-nest sites. He has a new work just out on this subject. His painstaking research on decision-making in honey bee colonies documenting the process of contest and compromise in the search for "collective wisdom," has implications for human behavior.

Savage provides a rich bibliography for future reading. She has included interesting poems and sayings in text boxes from a wide variety of sources along with artwork. Five stars!
This is a very sweet book. I loved the wrapper, binding,
artwork and layout. The information on the diversity among bees,
their life cycle and the historical research was very interesting. My
only disappointment came at the end when the promised section about
causes underlying the current honey bee population drop was short and
lacking in detail.