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A Short History of the Honey Bee: Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey

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There are around 16,000 species of bee. Only seven of these are responsible for creating the world's sweetest treat — honey. Combining Ilona's gorgeous photography and E. Readicker-Henderson's engaging text, A Short History of the Honey Bee follows the journey from flower to hive to honey throughout history.

A Short History of the Honey Bee starts with the story of the honey bee — why it is named Apis mellifera, how it has evolved from a solitary creature to one that travels in groups, why it stings, and how pollination really works. Readicker-Henderson then moves on to the honey, detailing its history from a wild food foraged for on cliffs to the many varieties available for purchase today.

But it is the everyday importance of the bee that remains the central message. Forty percent of the world's food supply — including apples, tomatoes, and strawberries — is dependent on pollination by honeybees. Colony collapse, when the worker bees suddenly disappear and leave behind the queen and the hive, is an ecological and agricultural crisis. For this reason alone we need to be more aware of the significance of bees.

About the Author

Ilona McCarty is renowned for her close-up work of flowers and nature. Her book Fleurish was honored with a Lucie International Photography Award in 2006. She lives in Salmon, ID.

E. Readicker-Henderson is a beekeeper turned regular writer and contributor to National Geographic Traveler, Sierra, and others, and has won numerous awards for his writing. He lives in Bellingham, WA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780881929423
Author:
Readicker-henderson, E.
Publisher:
Timber Press (OR)
Photographer:
McCarty, Ilona
Author:
Readicker-Henderson, E.
Author:
Readicker-Henderson, Edward
Author:
McCarty, Ilona
Author:
Ilona
Subject:
Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Bee culture
Subject:
Honey
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Honeybee
Subject:
Animals - Insects & Spiders
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
164
Dimensions:
9 x 6.375 in

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