“Cornell University biologist Seeley is one of the most beloved authors in the beekeeping community, and with good reason: his writing elucidates the lives of honeybees with clear science and a sense of joyous discovery. Seeley employs that approach here; even non-keepers will appreciate his bee’s-eye view of life outside managed apiaries.”—Gemma Tarlach, Discover
“I was really drawn to Tom Seeley’s The Lives of Bees. He IS the bee keeper’s bee keeper.”—Ira Flatow, Science Friday
“A wealth of information about honeybees based on decades of scientific research.” (Kirkus)
“[The Lives of Bees] both celebrates and chronicles the natural history of the honey bee.”—Barry Silverstein, Foreword Reviews
“This book is a surprise and one heck of a good read.”—Scott Shalaway, WV News
“This is a first class work that should be read by anyone concerned with the alarming decline in pollinators of all taxa, but is especially important for bee keepers and their future as honey producers, and for biologists and landowners anxious to preserve habitat for wild honey bees.”—David M. Gascoigne, Travels with Birds
“Written for experts, beekeepers and biology buffs alike. Seeley’s fifth book on bees illuminates why wild honeybees across the planet are thriving while managed colonies are under threat.”—Krishna Ramanujan, Cornell Chronicle
“William Hope narrates this highly informed work with a sharp focus on its scientific language. His clear, frank style helps the listener follow the author’s deep dive into the lives of wild honey bees in their natural colonies, as opposed to those raised and kept by beekeepers. . . . This intriguing scientific study . . . elucidates the distinctive methodology of the entomologist and has much to teach.” (AudioFile Magazine)
“Thomas Seeley is the great detective of the bee world, unearthing clues that make this fascinating creature even more compelling. This is science at its most congenial!”―Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
“In a patch of forest near Ithaca, New York, Thomas Seeley has spent decades studying the behavior of honey bees that have thrived in the wild without human intrusion. Those feral bees have much to teach us about how to manage the struggling domesticated colonies that pollinate much of our crops. The Lives of Bees is an absorbing, meticulous, and important book, exploring an unseen corner of the natural world.”―Hannah Nordhaus, author of The Beekeeper’s Lament
About the Author
Thomas D. Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. He is the author of Following the Wild Bees, Honeybee Democracy, and Honeybee Ecology (all Princeton) as well as The Wisdom of the Hive. He lives in Ithaca, New York.