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Honeybee Ecology: A Study of Adaptation in Social Life (Monographs in Behavior and Ecology, 36) Hardcover – April 19, 2016
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- Publisher : Princeton University Press (April 19, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 214 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0691639353
- ISBN-13 : 978-0691639352
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.5 x 9.21 inches
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In the beginning, I had little knowledge about honeybees except for what I’ve seen on television, but reading Seely’s book gave me a lot of knowledge about them. Not only did he have a lot of details about the honeybee, but he also included a lot of pictures and charts to educate us more. Using numbers and showing us the data he collected really informed the reader of the evidence he saw. The book also connected really well. Seely started off with a small introduction into what he researched about and slowly pieced everything together beautifully. He started off with honeybees in their natural habitat and slowly explained the fundamental details of them in different situations for analytical reasons – first in nature, then society, then annually etc. He broke everything into pieces for an easier understanding.
I definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in honeybees or just in general for an interesting read. Honeybees are extraordinary beings that contribute a lot to our community. Not only was this book an easy and great read, but it also teaches you plenty and keeps you interested. You can learn about how small changes can manipulate a colony completely. Something interesting I found from this book was how changing the size of a honeybee colony can be detrimental for reproductive success in a honeybee colony. This benefits the beekeepers and hurts honeybees because changing the size makes the honeybees focus more on harvesting honey rather than reproduction within the colony. The increase of space triggers the bees to think that they should fill the space up, so they concentrate their energy into stockpiling. Another interesting fact that you can learn from reading this is sex determination in honeybees. Queen bees actually choose what sex an egg will be. Males derive from unfertilized haploid eggs, while females derive from fertilized diploid eggs. On top of that, queen and worker larvae eat difference concentrations of hexose sugar – royal jelly and worker jelly – the sweetness difference triggers different levels of hormones during development and different developmental programs for two types of female bees.
Overall this book had a great balance between educational, interest and comprehension. I believe that many who have not read this book will find it exceptional. It is informative for others who want to learn more about honeybees and can serve as a primary source before encountering more complex materials.