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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (April 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674074092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674074095
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Masterly...Without hesitation I recommend this book to a wide range of potential readers. (John B. Free Science)

Mark Winston offers a comprehensive account, covering aspects of anatomy and physiology as well as systematics, ecology and behavior...A useful overview of the biology of an insect that holds considerable interest for both economic and academic reasons. Rich in descriptive detail and well referenced, it will also serve as a basis for more detailed exploration of particular aspects of honey bee biology. (Sarah Corbet Times Higher Education Supplement)

This very readable book brings together the wealth of scattered information on the complex honey bee in a way that will serve as a standard for many years. (Roger G. Bland Science Books & Films)

Winston's writing is brisk and enthusiastic and the book's illustrations clear and informative. This is a delightful study of an odd, yet oddly familiar, creature. (John R. Alden Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

Mark L. Winston is a Fellow in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

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By Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 18 2011
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This book is great. I'm a beekeeper and I'm interested in learning all I can about bees so this book hit the spot perfectly. It has great detail on the honey bee's anatomy and their activities/tasks both in and out of the hive. I've read many beekeeping books that cover some biology but not to the extent that this book does - that's why I recommend it.

It answered many of those little nagging questions I'd have. For instance, the reason why bees showed up in the hive one day with a distinct yellow rectangular stripe on their backs I learned is because they have a blind spot on their backs that they can't reach when grooming. There are certain flowers that mark a stripe of pollen on the bee's back when she enters the flower.

The author's writing style is easy to read. There are some technical details but they're certainly not overdone (no need to skip pages or be put to sleep) and the author breaks them down in such a way that you'll get the point, regardless if you're a beekeeper or someone who's interested in bees.

Some of the chapters are: The Origin and Evolutionary History of Bees, Honey Bee Anatomy, Development and Nutrition, Nest Architecture, The Age-Related Activities of Worker Bees, Other Worker Activities, The Chemical World of Honey Bees, Communication and Orientation, etc. As you can see there's lots of topics. All three castes of bees (drone, worker and queen) are covered.

The chapter on the chemical world was great. Bees are able to do many more scent markings than I was aware of.

References to studies are listed throughout. There's a full reference section at the back of the book.

I highly recommend this book. I plan to read it again.
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By mary leskiw on April 29 2014
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Love the book and the information is amazing! These little fellows are the spine of our survival! Pity more people do not take the incentive and try to preserve these magnificent creatures! Thank you!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Houtman on Dec 13 2000
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I picked up this book in a store and bought it out of idle curiousity, as I am neither an entomologist, biologist or beekeeper. Its content amazed me and spurred me to return to reading general interest science books, an area I had largely shunned after leaving university.
Apart from the fascinating content, the book wins because of the author's superb style. While sacrificing nothing in the way of content (at least to this nonspecialist's eye) he never indulged in technical jargon, making the book accessible to any interested person.
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A sense of wonder Dec 13 2000
By Tom Houtman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book in a store and bought it out of idle curiousity, as I am neither an entomologist, biologist or beekeeper. Its content amazed me and spurred me to return to reading general interest science books, an area I had largely shunned after leaving university.
Apart from the fascinating content, the book wins because of the author's superb style. While sacrificing nothing in the way of content (at least to this nonspecialist's eye) he never indulged in technical jargon, making the book accessible to any interested person.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
What We Know about Honey Bees June 15 2005
By Erika Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a review of current (as of 1987) research about honey bees. Topics covered include: origin and evolution, anatomy, development and nutrition, nest architecture activities of worker bees, pheromones, communication and orientation, collection of food, reproduction, mating, and differences between temperate an tropical honey bees. The book includes numerous black-and-white illustrations, a long-list of references, an author index, and a subject index.

Readers will come away from this book with a much greater understanding of these vital insects, encompassing everything from range to communication to gender roles. The book is written in clear language that is accessible to general readers as well as undergraduate students. Interested readers can use the cited references to learn about specific topics in greater detail.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Dated but still good Nov. 27 2008
By Jason Fossen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book only gets 4 stars because it's getting out of date. Nonetheless, if you can pick it up used for a few bucks, it's well worth the money and time, and the most interesting topics, like dance communication and hive behavior, are nicely covered. It's actually hard to find books like this. A book on honey bee biology is likely to be either too basic, perhaps intended for high school students, or too detailed, intended for others in the field. This book is just about right for the college/grad student or amateur biologist.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource Dec 18 2010
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a honey bee scientists (working on a Ph.D.) and I love this book. I use it almost every day. It may be a few years old, but it has great information and is a spectacular foundation for anyone interested in learning about honey bees.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Biology of the honey bee April 5 2013
By Barbara Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderfully detailed description of all aspects of the honey bee, very helpful for the hobbyist beekeeper. An older publication and therefore very dense, but valuable charts and diagrammes and based on a wealth of the research available at time of publication.
Far exceeded my expectations in providing information


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