By Candace Savage
The bee could have a mind the dimensions of a grass seed, yet in its short, five-week existence it really works as a brood nurse, wax manufacturer, comb builder, honey maker, domestic protect, and floral forager. Bees: Nature's Little Wonders invitations readers to take a brand new examine creatures which are either well-known and wondrously peculiar. It considers the variety and biology of bees, together with their bizarre sociosexual preparations (pity the terrible drone), their quirky relationships with vegetation, and their startling psychological skills: What are we to make of bugs that converse via symbolic dances? The publication additionally addresses the mysterious syndrome referred to as colony cave in sickness and identifies possibilities for the conservation of pollinators. Enriched with cultural sidebars and complemented by way of a gorgeous selection of pictures, Bees is a must-read for conservationists, gardeners, and everybody else who cares concerning the international round them.
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Yes or no—had suddenly opened out into a world of speculation. From then on, the mysteries of honeybee society would, as von Frisch put it, give him no rest. Thirty years and two world wars later, when an aspiring bee researcher named Martin Lindauer appeared at his door, Professor von Frisch was more than happy to put a bee in his bonnet. indd 33 5/12/08 1:25:00 PM W hen Martin Lindauer returned home to Munich from his consultation with Professor von Frisch, he had an assigned topic for his honeybee research but no place to research it.
This harmonious interaction hangs over the beeyard like the scent of honey, a sweet invitation to study. · · · A B e e i n Hi s B o n n e t · · · Karl von Frisch was an austere-looking man, with a large nose, high, bony forehead, and the wire-rimmed glare of an exacting taskmaster. But how he did love his bees. ” When von Frisch began his honeybee studies in the early 1900s, many large questions were beginning to buzz drowsily through the minds of zoologists. For instance: Given that the great majority of bee species are solitary, why had a few, like the honeybee, become so intensely social?
To this end, Lindauer spent countless hours in his garden, getting better acquainted with his research subjects. u In the 1700s, scientific observers began to house their bees in glass boxes like these, for easier observation. indd 35 5/12/08 1:25:01 PM bees Rather than enclose his colonies in conventional boxes, with opaque walls and tops, Lindauer followed von Frisch’s example and housed them between panes of glass. Each frame in the hive was constructed like a sandwich, with glass for bread and a double-sided sheet of honeycomb as filling in the middle.