Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees (Hardcover)

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Most literature about bees is focused on the popular honeybee, but countless other species are also vital to our planet. Conservation biologist and Pacific Northwest resident Thor Hanson aims to broaden the scope. He guides us through the history of bees, from their ancient roots as carnivorous wasps to their current role as the world's most effective pollinators. One might expect such a text to be dry and academic, but this is an enchanting personal account of those tiny beings. Hanson's love for them is evident on every page and his message is of the utmost importance: we must do all we can to protect our bees. -Liz

— From Summer Booknotes 2018


From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.
As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.

About the Author

Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist and Guggenheim fellow. He lives with his wife and son on an island in Washington
Product Details
ISBN: 9780465052615
ISBN-10: 0465052614
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English