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

by Thomas D. Seeley Princeton University Press
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A how-to book on an exhilarating outdoor activity and a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world

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 describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it, weaving informative discussions of bee biology with colorful anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. The bee hunter's reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild. Whether you're a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, this book is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists.

55 color + 1 b/w illus.

''An excellent addition to anyone’s bee library."''Adrian Waring, Bee Craft

''Anyone deeply interested in natural history will ignore this mad little volume at their peril.'' - Simon Ings, New Scientist

''Highly engaging.'' - Gard W. Otis, American Entomologist

''A must have book for all beekeepers and bee lovers.'' - Scott Shalaway, Youngstown Vindicator

''Delightful.'' - Harvard Magazine

''Following the Wild Bees just might give readers an intellectually (and physically) stimulating new outdoor activity.'' - The Scientist

''Seeley’s passion for the social insects blazes as he quotes historical accounts by Henry David Thoreau and describes the intricacies of the chase.'' - Barbara Kiser, Nature
Thomas D. Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. His books include The Lives of Bees, Honeybee Democracy, and Honeybee Ecology (all Princeton).