Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

4 avg rating
( 26 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780691170268: Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter.

Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter's reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild.

Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you're a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

"Following the Wild Bees is scientific natural history at its very best: original, authentic, and exciting. It is at the same time science, science history, adventure, sport, and treasure hunting."--Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

"As charming a book as I've read in ages, Following the Wild Bees engages with the natural world in precisely the same way that dozens of generations of bee hunters have done before. My advice would be, make a beeline for the bookstore."--Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey

"Great adventure, true science, lost art. Bee hunting is older even than beekeeping, yet has never been described in such careful detail. Seeley draws from his whole life of honey bee study to simply and eloquently describe the bee hunter's craft, and the honey bee's foraging behavior. He fully shares the skills you'll need--capturing, baiting, releasing, marking, timing, and moving a company of bees--to pursue the fascinating outdoor sport of finding the secret homes of wild honey bee colonies."--Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture magazine

"This unique book is about using the art of bee lining to find honey bee colonies living in hollow trees, something the author has done for forty years. It is also about honey bees, the pleasure of connecting with nature, the sport given by hunting, and how a hunt need not end in a kill to be exhilarating. The chase is enough."--Francis L. W. Ratnieks, University of Sussex

"This inspiring, elegantly written book is much more than a riveting set of instructions for finding wild honey bee colonies nesting in tree cavities. It is a prescription for what ails us. Seely leads us on a hunt for sanity, and the best part is that the hunt ends in reverence rather than destruction. This book is a gift to humanity and a homage to bees."--Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota

"A special delight. There is no better guide to bee hunting than Seeley. Here, he draws on his extensive groundbreaking research into bee behavior, both in the lab and in the field. Following wild honey bees is Seeley's passion, and also his scientific reward--and it shows on every page of this wonderful book."--Bernd Heinrich, author of The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration

"Like Thoreau, Seeley advises us to slow down, take our time, and enjoy the natural world through a calm and contemplative approach. This is a lovely book, beautifully written and filled with Seeley's usual clarity and enthusiasm for bees."--Mark L. Winston, author of Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive

About the Author:

Thomas D. Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. He is the author of Honeybee Democracy and Honeybee Ecology (both Princeton) and The Wisdom of the Hive. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Thomas D. Seeley
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Cherry_Books
(Missouri City, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Brand New Book. Bookseller Inventory # 0691170266SRB

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.46
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Thomas D. Seeley
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 24824821-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Seeley, Thomas D.
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780691170268

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Seeley, Thomas D.
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Quantity Available: 11
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # KS-9780691170268

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Seeley, Thomas D.
Published by Princeton University Press 5/3/2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 6
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press 5/3/2016, 2016. Hardback or Cased Book. Book Condition: New. Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780691170268

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Seeley, Thomas D.
Published by Princeton University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # 0691170266

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Seeley, Thomas D.
Published by Princeton University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 16
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, 2016. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0691170266

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Thomas D. Seeley
Published by Princeton University Press, United States (2017)
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, United States, 2017. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter. Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter s reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild. Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you re a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780691170268

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Thomas D. Seeley
Published by Princeton University Press, United States (2017)
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press, United States, 2017. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter. Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter s reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild. Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you re a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780691170268

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Seeley, Thomas D.
Published by Princeton University Press
ISBN 10: 0691170266 ISBN 13: 9780691170268
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0691170266. Bookseller Inventory # Z0691170266ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.56
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book