Did you know that there are over twenty thousand species of bee? Or, that bees can see ultraviolet light but cannot see the red end of the spectrum? These are just two of the intriguing facts gleaned from “The Bee : a Natural History”, which I had the pleasure of cataloguing this week.
This book covers everything you might like to know about bees from their evolution to how their societies function. Intriguing issues such as the Waggle Dance, bee sleep and creating honey are explained to the reader. The lay-out is fantastic with in-depth knowledge divided up into small, readable sections. It is stunningly illustrated throughout too, with a special chapter highlighting forty of the world’s most remarkable bee species.
The various threats to bees are not ignored by this book. As we become increasingly concerned about the impact of pesticides, disease and habitat loss on bees, this book examines these challenges and also looks at how we can help.
As we look forward to the first sightings of bees this Spring in the UK, take the time to learn more about these wonderful creatures.
You can find further details of The Bee : a Natural History on our Main Catalogue.