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The Honey Bee, A Short History of

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Without pollination by honey bees, as many as two-thirds of edible plants---and roughly a third of the average U.S. diet---would simply disappear.  A Short History of the Honey Bee weds Ilona's gorgeous photography to E. Readicker-Henderson's information-rich prose about the alchemy of bees, flowers, and honey, while underscoring the impending threats to this incredibly valuable insect.

This deeply felt narrative goes inside the hive, follows honeybees into the fields where they move from blossom to blossom, and joins beekeepers as they harvest honey.  It explains why honey that started off as orange blossom nectar is utterly different from honey derived from lavender or tupelo blossoms, and why honey from the same species of plant can vary from pale gold to rich amber.  As compelling as the process whereby flower nectar becomes honey is the alarming story of hive collapse, and the implications of this ecological (and agricultural) crisis.

Contents:  Acknowledgments, The first taste, The magic, In the hive, Dancing with bees, From nectar to honey, Living with bees, The sting, The danger, The fragrant work, Beyond honey, The taste of the world, Bibliography.

E Readicker-Henderson, Images by Ilona, 2009, 163 p, beautiful color photos throughout.  $19.95

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