Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees. In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together--as a swirling cloud of bees--to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution. An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.
Author: Thomas D. Seeley
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile have revised and expanded their clear and comprehensive guide to cover changes in beekeeping. They discuss the crisis created by the parasitic bee mites. In less than a decade, for example, Varroa mites have saturated the North American honeybee population with disastrous results, devastating both managed and wild populations. The new edition of The Beekeeper's Handbook covers mite detection and control as well as the selection and testing of bees that may have some tolerance to mites.*Serves as a comprehensive well-illustrated introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper.*Outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative.*Provides easy-to-follow directions and diagrams.*Includes glossary and updated bibliography suggesting more detailed information on the topics discussed.
Author: Diana Sammataro,Alphonse Avitabile
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
This trusted handbook is a must-have for novice and seasoned beekeepers alike. Now totally redesigned and featuring color photos and graphics, the second edition also includes up-to-date information on honey bee health. The go-to reference presents comprehensive yet accessible information on everything from planning hives and installing a colony to preventing disease and managing productive hives that will bear bountiful honey harvests year after year. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
Honey Production, Pollination, Health
Author: Malcolm T. Sanford,Richard E. Bonney
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Category: Technology & Engineering
Three friends join forces to out-wit Bear in this rollicking fun book about teamwork, brought to you by award-winning husband and wife team Tim Warnes (I Don't Want to Go to Bed!) and Jane Chapman (Little White Owl). Bear has a big jar of yummy honey, and he won't share it! But Mouse, Mole and the Rabbit Brothers are hungry. With a dodge, a jump, a leap and a roll they set out across the forest... Can they get to the honey without that scary bear seeing them? For more growly bears from Tim and Jane, check out The Slurpy Burpy Bearand I Love You as Big as the World.
Author: Jane Chapman
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
The author chronicles a year in the lives of beekeeper and bees, describing and explaining the activities of both and the rewards of having bees of one's own
And How to Keep Them
Author: Sue Hubbell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Solutions for Beekeepers
Author: David Cramp
Publisher: Bassdrum Books Ltd
Category: Bee culture
Featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Consumerist, life coach Amanda Abella brings millenial entrepreneurs a powerful guide on how to have a better relationship with work and money. A new kind of view for a new kind of generation, Amanda has helped countless young professionals make more money and actually keep it. By combining her business background recruiting for Fortune 500 companies with her positive psychology approach, Amanda walks readers through game changing mental shifts and practical action steps they can start implementing right away. In this book you will learn how to: Create the kind of work life balance you've been craving. Build a profitable and authentic business around your passions. Have more confidence in your ability to make money and keep it. From productivity tips to effective money management exercises, this book will forever change the way you think about work and money.
A Spirited Entrepreneur's Guide to Having a Love Affair with Work and Money
Author: Amanda Abella
The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. This expanded edition gives you even more information on "greening" your beekeeping with sustainable practices, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and a honey cookbook--all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference. This complete honey bee resource contains general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of bee keeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest honey from your own colonies; as well as tons of bee-related facts and projects. You'll learn the best location to place your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you'll study the best organic and nontoxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy, happy, and productive. Recipes of delicious treats, and instructions on how to use honey and beeswax to make candles and beauty treatments are also included.
An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden - New Material Includes: - The Latest Techniques in the Battle Against Invasive Mites - The 25 Rules of Modern Beekeeping - All about Urban Beekeeping - How to Use Top Bar Hives
Author: Kim Flottum
Ted Hooper's classic manual is a practical handbook for both the beginner and the experienced beekeeper. Information is provided on all you need to know, including how to avoid swarms, plan requeening, or provide the colony with winter stores.
The World's Best Selling Guide to Beekeeping
Author: Ted Hooper
Category: Bee culture
Organizing his book according to the monastic hours of prayer, Chet Raymo examines the strength of scientific language to encounter the divine in the natural world.
A Naturalist's Search for God
Author: Chet Raymo
Publisher: Cowley Publications
In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis. England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him. Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.
Author: Maja Lunde
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Written by the world's leading authority on bees, this reference is the first and only comprehensive, worldwide treatment of all groups of bees, and includes more than 16,000 species. Michener examines the evolution of bees from wasps, the relations of the bodies of bees to one another, the evolution of bees, and the structure of immature and adult bees, and more. 433 line drawings. 88 photos, 48 in color.
Author: Charles Duncan Michener
Publisher: JHU Press
Compiled by a Professor of English at the University of Richmond in Virginia, a collection of humorous quotes and writings of African-American women throughout history ranges from slave narrators to Toni Morrison and Whoopi Goldberg.
An Anthology of African American Women's Humor
Author: Daryl Cumber Dance
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
When her fiancâe calls off their wedding at the last minute, Waverly begins to realize that her life hasn't turned out as she thought it should. As she stumbles back into the dating scene, her personal and professional lives threaten to collide.
The (mis)adventures of Waverly Bryson
Author: Maria Murnane