The Queen Must Die: And Other Affairs of Bees and Men

The Queen Must Die: And Other Affairs of Bees and Men


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"An engaging collection of observations about honeybees and their activities."—Publishers Weekly

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ISBN-13: 9780393305289
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/17/1988
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 606,717
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Queen Must Die and Other Affairs of Bees and Men 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brigit More than 1 year ago
The Queen Must Die was recommended by a beekeeping friend, so I expected it to have accurate information on bees and be a little cut and dry. It turned out to be a wonderfully insightful and well written account of every aspect of bee life as seen through the eyes of someone who really enjoys and has a healthy respect for these amazing creatures. The style of writing flowed easily and his personal anecdotes added charm and whimsy to the book. I learned so many fascinating tidbits about bees and their society. I never realized how precarious the life a queen really was. They treat her very well, but if anything goes wrong, like a bear breaking into the hive, the bees will turn on the queen and kill her. They always have a princess or two waiting in the wings to take her "crown". Bee society and ethics are also beautifully compared and contrasted with our own. It was a very humbling experience to see that as high and mighty as we may think we are on the scale of intellect and being "civilized" and, therefor, looking down on other creatures, maybe there is a lot more we could learn from them than we may want to consider.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was captivated by this amazing literary work. It easily explains the vast and complicated world of the small yet vital creatures, the Bee. Longgood's humble description was thorough and complete. No matter what, the queen must die.