Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Them

Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Them

by Laurence Packer

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ISBN-13: 9780062306463
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 368,972
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laurence Packer obtained a B.A. in zoology from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has been at York University since 1988, where he is currently a professor of biology.

Table of Contents

1 Buzz Free: A World without bees: Stuck Under a Truck in the Atacama Desert, Chile 1

2 The Future of our Food: Serenading the bees on Cape Breton Islands, Nova Scotia 17

3 Honey, Queens, Hard-working Workers and Stings: Misconceptions About Bees: Stung by Bee Killers on the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom 35

4 A Bee or Not a Bee? A Difficult Question to Answer: Insulting the Experts in Portal, Arizona 51

5 Two Bees or Not two Bees? An even More Difficult Question to Answer: Uncovering Irregularities at the National History Museum, London 63

6 It's a Bee's Life: Up Before Dawn in the Australian Outback 79

7 The Sociable Bee: Digging Nests After Dark in Calgary, Alberta 101

8 Sex and Death in Bees: Choosing a Mate in Subtropical Florida 117

9 Where the Bee Sucks, There Hunt I: Painful Bee Sampling in the Tehuacan Desert, Mexico 131

10 Anti-Bees: Sexually Transmitted Child-eating Female Impersonators on a California Sand Dune 157

11 What are we Doing to the Bees?: Bee-Free Day in Germany 173

12 The Proverbial Canaries in the Coal Mine: Upsetting Ornithologists in Rome 195

13 Help the Bees: Dodging Hippos at the African Pollinator Summit 211

Epilogue: Bee Worship on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico 223

Acknowledgments 229

Appendix 1 Bee Families 233

Appendix 2 Bee Names 235

Sources 241

Index 263

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