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The Lives of Bees - Thomas D. Seeley

 
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AlanT
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:31 am    Post subject: The Lives of Bees - Thomas D. Seeley Reply with quote

I have just finished The Lives of Bees - The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild by Thomas D. Seeley.
This book is a masterpiece and is a must read for any natural beekeeper. This book details Dr. Seeley's lifetime of work researching honey bees in the wild, details their successful recovery and resistance to varroa mite, and recommends ways we can make our managed hives more like bees natural cavities. Much of his work is determining what characteristics in a nesting cavity bees prefer and why. The way Dr. Seeley devised his studies is brilliant.
I highly recommend this book.
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I have read some of his earlier work and really enjoyed it. Thanks for alerting us to this.
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