In Praise of Bees

A Cabinet of Curiosities

Elizabeth Birchall



ISBN: 9781846891922

PUBLICATION DATE: September 4, 2014

CATEGORY: Country Matters, Environmentalism and Farming, Food and Drink

BINDING: Hardback

EXTENT: 256 pages

Also available as: Ebook

The bee is probably the most written about species after the human race. As so many commentators through the ages have discovered, here is far more to the insect than its biology and life cycle. In Praise of Bees explores bees' place in human lives and imaginations, from cave paintings and inscribed clay tablets through to our contemporary world.

This beautiful book's pages are filled with nuggets of bee science and practical beekeeping with carefully researched references to the role of these fascinating creatures in myth, religion, politics, philosophy and folklore. A rich variety of illustrations, ranging from Old Masters and scientific etchings to modern photographs appear throughout accompanied by a selection of verse, much of it the author's.
The text is leavened with a dry wit, resulting in a scholarly but eminently readable exploration of bees, their complex society and their place in the world. This is especially relevant in view of concerns about their present plight and the ecological consequences.