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By Allison Wallace

i used to be hooked. name it adrenaline surge, name it honeybee venom in my veins–whatever the reason, henceforth i'd want those funky little critters in my existence. Givers of candy, thick honey, bringers forth of the end result from bushes and timber and who knew what else, in addition they gave extra nutrients for notion than a physique may well understand what to do with.
–from A Keeper of Bees

Allison Wallace’s devotion to honeybees and their remarkable, intensely lived lives began years in the past, whilst she used to be residing in a cabin within the North Carolina woods. Ever considering the fact that then, anyplace she has referred to as domestic, Wallace has saved corporation with bees. Now she provides us the honeybee in all its glory, dancing “the nice, by no means totally knowable ecological dance,” striving like different creatures and vegetation to be all it may be in its brief existence.
With a philosopher’s notion and a scientist’s wisdom, Wallace interweaves the evidence of honeybee biology with reflections on wish, intimacy, paintings, evolution, reminiscence, and residential. She stocks the fun of in detail gazing hundreds of thousands of busy bees cozily ensconced of their brilliantly designed, completely weatherproofed hive. She muses at the girl employees’ unceasing task, and at the male drones’ idleness as each one awaits his acrobatic midair mating with the queen, through his fast dying. She marvels on the cosseted queen, upon whom the way forward for the hive depends.

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