Book Buzz: A Beekeeper’s Life: A Q&A About Bees, Beekeeping, and Why Bees Matter
Book Buzz: A Beekeeper’s Life
A Q&A About Bees, Beekeeping, and Why Bees Matter
Have you ever stopped to wonder about honey bees? It will often bring up one question after the other: how long do bees live? Why are Queens so important? Why do people keep bees? What exactly does a beekeeper do? Can’t bee colonies just live out in the wild on their own without beekeepers? Drawing for inspiration on Hilary Kearney’s QueenSpotting: Meet the Remarkable Queen Bee and Discover the Drama at the Heart of the Hive, this one-time class is an opportunity for laypeople and would-be beekeepers to have their questions answered and myths dispelled. This discussion is perfect for learning whether you have the time for beekeeping and want to better understand what’s involved before committing to extended coursework, yet elemental enough for people who just want to know more about bees and what we can do in our own backyards to help foster bee and pollinator health.
Registration fee of $20.00 includes a copy of QueenSpotting.
About the Book:
At the heart of every bee hive is a queen bee. Since her well-being is linked to the well-being of the entire colony, the ability to find her among the residents of the hive is an essential beekeeping skill. In QueenSpotting, experienced beekeeper and professional “swarm catcher” Hilary Kearney challenges readers to “spot the queen” with 48 fold-out visual puzzles — vivid up-close photos of the queen hidden among her many subjects.
QueenSpotting celebrates the unique, fascinating life of the queen bee and chronicles royal hive happenings such as The Virgin Death Match, The Nuptial Flight — when the queen mates with a cloud of male drones high in the air — and the dramatic Exodus of the Swarm from the hive. Readers will thrill at Kearney’s adventures in capturing these swarms from the strange places they settle, including a Jet Ski, a couch, a speed boat, and an owl’s nesting box. Fascinating, fun, and instructive, backyard beekeepers and nature lovers alike will find reason to return to the pages again and again.