Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK JULY 2018
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part,unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationshipsthat bind the human and natural worlds.
In Buzz,the award-winning author of Feathers and The Triumphof Seeds takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, whena wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young.
From honeybees andbumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees havelong been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence.They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as athird of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk ofdisappearing.
As informative andenchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows uswhy all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'llnever overlook them again.
Thor Hanson is a biologist whose research and conservation activities have taken him around the globe. His previous books include The Impenetrable Forest, Feathers (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize), and The Triumph of Seeds. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and contributed to publications including BBC Wildlife and the Huffington Post. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest, USA.