Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long 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 a third of the foodstuffs we eat—and, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. Here Thor Hanson takes us on a thought-provoking journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young.
"Fun, fascinating and full of engaging pen portraits of the scientists and bee enthusiasts [Hanson] meets in the course of his research…. Hanson's sense of wonder has rubbed off on us."—Guardian (London)