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Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Hardest-Working Creatures on the Planet
Susan Brackney knows about bees. Beekeeping is literally in her genes: in the 1930s, her great-grandparents, like many families in rural Indiana, kept beehives next to their large gardens and fruit orchards. In this charmingly illustrated little book, Brackney mixes bee facts with personal anecdotes about how she became a beekeeper, fought the city code, and charmed her grumpy neighbor by giving him presents of delicious honey. This hodgepodge of a bee book also includes recipes for baklava, beeswax candles, and honey energy bars. Plan Bee is more of a love letter to bees than a scientific study of them, but isn't that just what we gardeners and bee lovers want?
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A guided tour inside the world of bees
Overtaxed and underrecognized-and now disappearing in alarming numbers- bees are the unsung heroes of the food chain, essential for the pollination of more than ninety of the crops we eat. The hardworking, humble, and matriarchal bee finally gets her due in this engaging and expertly written guide that will appeal to anyone who's ever been curious about the mysterious and always-buzzing world of bees.
Beekeeper Susan Brackney explains:
• Why honeybees are disappearing-and what we can do about it
• Who's who in the hive-the queen bee, the workers, and the drones
• Bees by the numbers-the number of bees per hive, the number of wing beats per second, and other fascinating facts
• Gardening tips to attract and support honeybees
• The beekeeper's trade-the essential equipment and the latest tools, a day in the life, and more
• Honey, pollen, wax, royal jelly, mead, and other products of the sweet life
• The secrets behind making a bee beard (or bee bikini) with live bees
...and much more
Honeybees get their due in this delightfully illustrated, fact-filled work that offers a guided tour through the history, folklore, and function of the hardest-working creatures on the planet.
A fascinating guided tour through the history, folklore, and function of the endangered honeybee.
Featured recently in major national news stories because they are disappearing at an alarming rate, bees are the unsung-and absolutely essential- heroes of the food chain. Now they get their due in this delightfully illustrated, fact-filled book, courtesy of a professional beekeeper and nature writer who explores:
Why honey bees are disappearing-and what we can do about it
Who's who in the hive-the queen bee, the workers, and the drones
The role of bees in our food system
Swarming behavior-what it is, what it means, and how it's controlled
Bees by the numbers-number of bees per hive, number of wing beats per second, and other fascinating facts
Bees in folklore, literature, and pop culture
And much more
About the Author
Susan Brackney is a beekeeper living in Bloomington, Indiana. A nature writer whose articles about honeybees and beekeeping have appeared in the New York Times, Plenty Magazine, Wildlife Conservation, and elsewhere, she is also the author of The Insatiable Gardner’s Guide, The Lost Soul Companion, and The Not-So-Lost Soul Companion.
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