Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Hardest-Working Creatures on the Planet

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A guided tour inside the world of bees

Overtaxed and underrecognized-and now disappearing in alarming numbers- bees are the unsung heroes of the food chain, essential for the pollination of more than ninety of the crops we eat. The hardworking, humble, and matriarchal bee finally gets her due in this engaging and expertly written guide that will appeal to anyone who's ever been curious about the mysterious and...

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Overview

A guided tour inside the world of bees

Overtaxed and underrecognized-and now disappearing in alarming numbers- bees are the unsung heroes of the food chain, essential for the pollination of more than ninety of the crops we eat. The hardworking, humble, and matriarchal bee finally gets her due in this engaging and expertly written guide that will appeal to anyone who's ever been curious about the mysterious and always-buzzing world of bees.

Beekeeper Susan Brackney explains:

• Why honeybees are disappearing-and what we can do about it
• Who's who in the hive-the queen bee, the workers, and the drones
• Bees by the numbers-the number of bees per hive, the number of wing beats per second, and other fascinating facts
• Gardening tips to attract and support honeybees
• The beekeeper's trade-the essential equipment and the latest tools, a day in the life, and more
• Honey, pollen, wax, royal jelly, mead, and other products of the sweet life
• The secrets behind making a bee beard (or bee bikini) with live bees

...and much more

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After years of idle buzz, bees are truly back in the news. The "colony collapse" plague that has killed billions of honeybees worldwide, finally reawakening our sense of how vital these small insects are to ecology and human well-being. Fortunately, Susan Brackney's Plan Bee is not a glum jeremiad; this beekeeper is too enamored of the workaholic creatures to dwell in dire despair. Her gentle, bucolic line drawings set a fitting tone for this very personal tribute to man's most overtaxed friend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399534966
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Brackney is a beekeeper living in Bloomington, Indiana. A nature writer whose articles about honeybees and beekeeping have appeared in the New York Times, Plenty Magazine, Wildlife Conservation, and elsewhere, she is also the author of The Insatiable Gardner’s Guide, The Lost Soul Companion, and The Not-So-Lost Soul Companion.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Birds and the Bees xi

Part 1 The Buzz About Bees

1 On Being a Bee 3

Honeybee Impostors 3

The Bee Family Tree 6

Oops... 9

2 Who's Who in the Hive 13

Girl Power 13

The Lazy, Yawning Drones 21

Cue the Barry White 23

Honeybee Destinies 26

They Are What They Eat 27

3 The Bee's Knees (and Other Bee Parts) 32

Bees by the Numbers 32

Just a Teaspoon for Me, Please... 35

What Honey Is and Is Not 35

Waxing Philosophical 36

What Makes a Bee a Bee 40

The Head 41

The Thorax 44

The Stickiest Stuff on Earth 45

The Abdomen 46

Gland Central Station 48

The Sting 48

Dang It! 52

4 Bees and the Bigger Picture 55

Bee Souls, Legends, and Lore 55

The Letters Bee 62

Bee Movies, Bee Beards, and Bee-kinis 64

5 Honeybee Perils 69

Why Bees Matter 69

Pests and Pestilence 71

Small but Mite-y 72

Stressed-Out Bees 74

The Biggest Threat Yet 75

Part 2 A Beekeeper's Life

6 A (Brief) History of Beekeeping 81

Death and Taxes 82

Other Early Beekeepers 86

America's Honeybee Patriots 88

Putting the "Bee" in B-52 95

7 Got Bees? 98

Building a Better Bee 101

A Beekeeper's Honey-Do List 104

Bees in the Trees 107

If You See a Swarm 110

To Bee or Not to Bee 110

8 Pleasing the Bees 117

Other Guests You'll Meet 120

Water, Water, Everywhere 128

The Honeybee Calendar 130

9 The Sweet Life 133

Honey Extraction 101 136

More Tools of the Trade 137

Tortured Honey Versus Tasty Honey 138

"Mad" Honey 141

Honey and the "Halo Effect" 143

Caveat Emptor 145

Yummy Honey Recipes 146

Minding Your Beeswax 150

Other Bee Goods 164

For the Good of Bees 167

Final Note 171

Who Needs Chickens Anyway? 171

Afterword 174

Further Reading and Resources 177

Permissions 179

Index 181

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