Bees: Nature's Little Wonders

Category: Book
By (author): Savage, Candace
Series: David Suzuki Foundation
Subject:  NATURE / Animals / Insects & Spiders
  NATURE / Essays
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology
Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd.
Published: March 2011
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 8.60in x 6.60in x 0.51in

Bookshelf comment

Nature lover Candace Savage has done beautiful literary books to the wonders of nature. Of course bees are at the very top of her reverence.

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

With informed and passionate prose, Candace Savage invites readers to get up close and personal with the familiar yet wondrously odd honeybee, whose life span barely exceeds five weeks. She considers the diversity and biology of honeybees, including their peculiar sociosexual arrangements, their quirky relationships with flowers, and their startling mental abilities. Guiding this exploration are audacious and ingenious scientists, from the bees' own Nobel Laureate Karl von Frisch, who studied the sensory perceptions of the honey bee and first described the "waggle dance," in the 1900s, to the Honeybee Genome Sequencing Consortium of the present. This must-read for conservationists, gardeners, beekeepers, and nature lovers also features:

  • a report on colony collapse disorder
  • opportunities for conservation of pollinators like the honeybee
  • cultural sidebars that include historical illustrations and works of art spotlighting bees in myth, poetry, and other writings.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. ..

Review Quote*

A timely celebration of these queenly insects and their importance to our ecosystem. -Toronto Star

Review Quote*

A most handsome introduction to these amazing little creatures. -Globe & Mail

Review Quote*

Savage proceeds to intertwine a thoughtful study of bee biology with poems, fables, and ancient religious texts, weaving a unique history of the honey-makers that have enchanted humans for centuries. -Sierra Club