Saturday, January 3, 2009

A great new book

I just finished one of the best books about bees that I've read over the last 40 years. This book was recently translated from German into English, and thank goodness it was. I had many "aha" moments while reading it, hearing about much recent European research which I had never known before. Especially astounding were some of the details of the communication system and feedback loops that are taking place in every colony of bees. Honeybee colonies have evolved to the very pinnacle of living matter, the superorganism, they are truly one of the wonders of the natural world. Jurgen Tautz's presentation of his understanding of the nature of bees brings to mind Karl von Frisch's comment that "the honeybee is like a magic well; the more you draw from it the more there is to draw". This easy to read book has some of the best close up photos of bees and their behavior ever taken. The paper and binding is of superb quality and at a price of about $39 from Amazon it is well worth your time and money. You can also preview it at Google Book Search.

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