thing like a plunger rises and falls, conducting poison from the bee's poison sac. This poison, unpleasant to creatures that suffer it, is of extraordinary importance for the bees. Actually they don't particularly enjoy dispensing the ...

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855845404

Category: Anthroposophy

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‘The whole hive is really pervaded by the life of love. The individual bees relinquish love but develop it instead throughout the hive. And so we start to understand bee existence if we recognize that the bee lives in an air, an atmosphere, that is entirely impregnated with love.’ From time immemorial, human culture has been fascinated by bees. Mythic pictures and writings tell of our close affinity and connection with these complex creatures, as well as the inestimable value of honey and wax. In recent years, bees have come to prominence again in the media, with reports of colony collapse and the wholesale demise of bee populations, forcing us to awaken to the critical role they play in human existence. Rudolf Steiner’s unique talks reveal the hidden wisdom at work in bee colonies. Speaking in Switzerland in 1923, in response to concerns from beekeepers amongst his local workforce, Steiner delivered a series of addresses whose multi-layered content, structure and wording is unparalleled. In The World of Bees, editor Martin Dettli, a longstanding beekeeper, uses Steiner’s seminal bee lectures as the main framework of the book, augmenting them with further relevant passages from Steiner’s collected works. Dettli also provides substantial commentaries on the texts, placing them within the context of contemporary beekeeping. This new anthology is an essential handbook for anyone interested in beekeeping or the indispensable work that bees do for humanity. It features chapters on the origins of bees, human beings and beekeeping, the organism of the hive, the social qualities of bees, their relationship with wasps and ants, plants and elemental beings, the efficacy of honey, bee venom, as well as scientific aspects such as silica and formic acid processes and a critique of modern beekeeping.
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The World of Bees

The leaf-cutter bees, known scientifically as Megachile, are specialists in the art of using pieces of leaf for making their cells. We are already familiar with this habit of papering the walls of a cell; Osmia cristata has shown us how ...

Author: Gilbert Nixon

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504067072

Category: Nature

Page: 246

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An entomologist presents a beautifully illustrated study of bees, from their behavior to social structures, colonies, and relationship to the environment. In this engaging and scholarly volume, entomologist Gilbert Nixon shares his lifelong fascination with bees. Nixon’s childhood love of these curious insects led to decades of study as he learned to identify their distinctive markings and pursued the secrets of their mystifying behaviors. The World of Bees offers a comprehensive introduction to various species of bees, including honey bees, bumblebees, and leafcutter bees, as well as information on related insects such as botflies and wasps. With color illustrations by Arthur Smith, this expert volume covers all major topics in melittology, including mating habits, life cycles, pollination, bee dances, and more.
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The Bees of the World

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Author: Charles Duncan Michener

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801861330

Category: Science

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"It is a masterpiece, an instant classic of entomology." -- Edward O. Wilson "This definitive reference by an acclaimed expert accounts for 1200 genera/subgenera and 16,000 species of bees in the world... Useful guide for entomologists, biologists, botanists, ecologists, and students." -- Southeastern Naturalist
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Look Inside the World of Bees

How do bees know where to find flowers? Find out all about the amazing world of bees in this illustrated flap book for young children, with a focus on why bees are so important, and all the jobs they do that keep the planet healthy.

Author: Emily Bone

Publisher: Look Inside

ISBN: 1474983197


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A gorgeously illustrated flap book that gives a glimpse into the amazing and important world of bees. Why do bees have furry bodies? What happens inside a bee hive? How do bees know where to find flowers? Find out all about the amazing world of bees in this illustrated flap book for young children, with a focus on why bee are so important, and all the jobs they do that keep the planet healthy.
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The Bee Book

18 ANAMAZING WORLD OF BEES Bees of the World Over millions of years of evolution, bees have BUFF-TAILED BUMBLEBEE (Bombus terrestris) One of the first bumblebees to be spread around the world and, in doing so, they have adapted to a ...

Author: Fergus Chadwick

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9780241429211

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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Find out how you can help save the bees in lots of practical ways and discover the incredible science behind honey bees, beekeeping, and bees in the wild - from the carpenter solitary bee to the stingless sugarbag. The Bee Book is an intensely visual exploration of the big questions in bee science and ecology: why are bees such great pollinators? how do they make honey? is a swarm dangerous? how does a bumblebee fly? what is killing bees across the world and how can we stop it? The book is also a practical guide to adapting your outdoor space - no matter how small - to provide food and habitats for bees, with step-by-step projects for making bee homes and hotels, and a directory of the most bee-friendly plants to grow, with accompanying planting plans for pots and borders. And if you're looking to take a love of bees to the next level, the book also features a comprehensive beginner's guide to beekeeping with all the information and step-by-step techniques you'll need to set up and manage a hive and collect its honey - with an array of recipes for making the best use of hive products.
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The Beekeepers How Humans Changed the World of Bumble Bees Scholastic Focus

And finally, the more strongly banded bumble bees are more widespread in parts of the world where bumble bees are found. Although 250 species of bumble bees might seem like a lot, this is only a sliver of the 20,000 species of bees that ...

Author: Dana L. Church

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9781338565560

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 320

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Dive deep into the world of this everyday insect -- and the science behind its uncertain future. Bumble bees are as familiar to most of us as the flowers these fuzzy insects feed upon. But did you know that the bees in your garden could be escapees from a local greenhouse, or descended from stowaways on a Viking ship?Bumble bees are a vital part of our lives and Earth's ecosystems, so much so that we've commercialized their breeding and shipped them across states, countries, and ecosystems for our benefit. However, all of that human interference has consequences. Bumble bees are pushing out native species and altering ecosystems worldwide. Pesticide use has led to the spread of disease in local colonies. And some species may be disappearing entirely.The Beekeepers is an expertly researched overview of bumble bees -- from hive hierarchies to how their brains work -- and the passionate humans and scientists who are fighting for their survival. With a thoughtful and accessible voice, researcher Dana Church introduces readers to the fascinating world of bumble bees, how and why some are thriving while others are floundering, and how both experts and regular citizens are working to ensure their future. Equal parts endearing, frustrating, and hopeful, this scientific narrative is essential for readers looking to understand and make an impact on our changing world.
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The Buzz about Bees

receive and understand such information oneself in this communication system of where to find flowers The World Is Made Not Only of Flowers. A Problem for Honeybees? It is not obvious how honeybees recognize what is, and is not a flower ...

Author: Jürgen Tautz

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540787297

Category: Science

Page: 284

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Tis book, already translated into ten languages, may at frst sight appear to be just about honeybees and their biology. It c- tains, however, a number of deeper messages related to some of the most basic and important principles of modern biology. Te bees are merely the actors that take us into the realm of phys- ology, genetics, reproduction, biophysics and learning, and that introduce us to the principles of natural selection underlying the evolution of simple to complex life forms. Te book destroys the cute notion of bees as anthropomorphic icons of busy self-sacr -i fcing individuals and presents us with the reality of the colony as an integrated and independent being—a “superorganism”—with its own, almost eerie, emergent group intelligence. We are s- prised to learn that no single bee, from queen through drone to sterile worker, has the oversight or control over the colony. - stead, through a network of integrated control systems and fee- backs, and communication between individuals, the colony - rives at consensus decisions from the bottom up through a type of “swarm intelligence”. Indeed, there are remarkable parallels between the functional organization of a swarming honeybee colony and vertebrate brains.
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The world of bees is divided into seven families. In five of these families, there are more than 20,000 species (with many more to come as the world's bees are described and officially named); the other two families are much smaller.

Author: Sam Droege

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 9781627886963

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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While we eat, work, and sleep, bees are busy around the world. More than 20,000 species are in constant motion! They pollinate plants of all types and keep our natural world intact. In Bees, you'll find a new way to appreciate these tiny wonders. Sam Droege and Laurence Packer present more than 100 of the most eye-catching bees from around the world as you've never seen them: up-close and with stunning detail. You'll stare into alien-like faces. You'll get lost in mesmerizing colors and patterns, patches and stripes of arresting yellow or blue. Whether you linger on your first close look at the Western Domesticated Honey Bee or excitedly flip straight to the rare Dinagapostemon sicheli, there's no doubt you'll be blown away by the beauty of bees.
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The Mind of a Bee

Instead, my focus will be on informative examples from across the world of bees. Road. Map. of. the. Book. The book is structured as follows. This introduction is followed by an overview of the bees' sensory toolkit (chapters 2 and 3).

Author: Lars Chittka

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691236247

Category: Nature

Page: 272

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A rich and surprising exploration of the intelligence of bees Most of us are aware of the hive mind—the power of bees as an amazing collective. But do we know how uniquely intelligent bees are as individuals? In The Mind of a Bee, Lars Chittka draws from decades of research, including his own pioneering work, to argue that bees have remarkable cognitive abilities. He shows that they are profoundly smart, have distinct personalities, can recognize flowers and human faces, exhibit basic emotions, count, use simple tools, solve problems, and learn by observing others. They may even possess consciousness. Taking readers deep into the sensory world of bees, Chittka illustrates how bee brains are unparalleled in the animal kingdom in terms of how much sophisticated material is packed into their tiny nervous systems. He looks at their innate behaviors and the ways their evolution as foragers may have contributed to their keen spatial memory. Chittka also examines the psychological differences between bees and the ethical dilemmas that arise in conservation and laboratory settings because bees feel and think. Throughout, he touches on the fascinating history behind the study of bee behavior. Exploring an insect whose sensory experiences rival those of humans, The Mind of a Bee reveals the singular abilities of some of the world’s most incredible creatures.
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Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee

Consideration of anatomy and physiology cannot be divorced from other aspects of bee science, particularly that of behaviour, on which key works have been written by C. G. Butler (1954, The World of the Honeybee; London, Collins, ...

Author: Harry Arthur Dade

Publisher: I.B.R.A

ISBN: 9780860982142

Category: Bees

Page: 178

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This practical guide is divided into two sections with plenty of practical instructions, including many diagrams and 20 plates, making the book easy to follow by the reader. The first part gives a detailed description of the honeybee's anatomy, the second is a step-by-step guide to dissecting queen, worker and drone honeybees,
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