Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on thePla net

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Penguin, May 4, 2010 - Nature - 208 pages
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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

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User Review  - ECBA - LibraryThing

This book's quirky title gives one the idea that this is not your usual beekeeping manual. This small book is funny, informative, filled with bits of bee lore (did you know honeybees have been used to ... Read full review

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User Review  - acornell - LibraryThing

This sweet little book is part bug entymology, part how to be an apiarist, part interesting folklore, part recipes and part whimsey. It is a lovely book for gardeners, environmentalists, animal and ... Read full review


Honeybee Impostors
The Bee Family Tree
Girl Power
The Lazy Yawning Drones
Cue the Barry White
Honeybee Destinies
They Are What They Eat
The Biggest Threat Yet
Death and Taxes
Other Early Beekeepers
Americas Honeybee Patriots
Putting the Bee in B52
Building a Better Bee
A Beekeepers HoneyDo List
Bees in the Trees

Bees by the Numbers
Just a Teaspoon for Me Please
What Honey Is and Is Not
Waxing Philosophical
What Makes a Bee a Bee
The Thorax
The Abdomen
Gland Central Station
Dang It
Bee Souls Legends and Lore
The Letters Bee
Bee Movies Bee Beards and Beekinis
Why Bees Matter
Pests and Pestilence
Small but Mitey
StressedOut Bees
If You See a Swarm
Other Guests Youll Meet
Water Water Everywhere
The Honeybee Calendar
Honey Extraction 101
More Tools of the Trade
Mad Honey
Honey and the Halo Effect
Caveat Emptor
Yummy Honey Recipes
Minding Your Beeswax
Other Bee Goods
For the Good of Bees

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About the author (2010)

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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