Tom Seeley’s work deserves to be celebrated far beyond the bee world – as well as being the foremost honey bee researcher and ecologist, he belongs within the current generation of spectacular nature writers
The lives of bees – the untold story of the honey bee in the wild
There are different ways to regard the honey bee colony. The beekeeper focusses on the industrious aspects of bees to be utilised for human gain, while the scientist sees the honey bee as a sophisticated social insect – also highly convenient – to be studied, examined and reported ad infinitum. A third way to look at bees is as an admiring onlooker, taking delight in understanding the natural history of this wonderful species. In writing his new book, The Lives of Bees, Tom Seeley has endeavoured to adopt these three perspectives, while observing and seeking to comprehend and explain – what has not been explained before – how bees live in nature.
Reading this otherwise untold story makes The Lives of Bees easily the most informative and mind-nourishing book on bees I have read. It provides the knowledge we need to rethink beekeeping. Tom Seeley deftly articulates how honey bees survive – and indeed thrive – living naturally inside trees. Yet when utilised within vast beekeeping industries, honey bees are currently suffering 30- 40% annual mortality. This marvellous new text will enable the thinking beekeeper to lean in towards the natural life system that delivers resilient and healthy honey bee populations.
Tom Seeley’s work deserves to be celebrated far beyond the bee world – as well as being the foremost honey bee researcher and ecologist, he belongs within the current generation of spectacular nature writers.
2019 Hardcover 353 pages