The Buzz about Bees 

Why buy this book?

This is one of my all time Top 10 books - on any subject! In fact, its what finally made beekeeping "click" for me.


It starts with the quote "A bee colony - surely nature's most wonderful way of organising matter and energy in space and time." This sums up the book's expansive and marvelling approach to the subject. The author considers the honey bee colony as a superorganism - an approach that is both useful to beekeepers and fascinating to anyone interested in natural history.


  • Some of the latest thinking on how bees work together as individuals to make one superorganism - a mammal in many bodies 

  • An explanation of the behaviours and evolution behind nest building, mating, nectar gathering and raising young including the best description of comb building you will find  

  • Amazing action photography that shows activities including comb-building, entrance guarding and caring for brood

The Buzz about Bees looks at each aspect of honeybee life such as mating and nectar collection. As well as explaining what happens, the author explains why it is happening. He explains how biology, ecology and evolution have all worked together to produce the honey bee colony we know today.

The vast amount of information available to beekeepers can be overwhelming.  By explaining the why of honeybee behaviour, this book (and Tom Seeley's Honeybee Ecology) helps cut through some of that. 

If you are looking for a book to help you decide what type of hive you should have, then this isn't for you. But if you would like to know more about what bees actually do in their hives - how they work together to raise young and see the colony through months of winter, then this is the book for you.

Just so you know - Recommendations are my own, based on personal experience of reading/using the book. It would be great to sell the book direct but as a small business this is hard to do so Harry's Honey is a participant in Amazon Associates LLC. This is an affiliate advertising programme. It is designed to provide a way for sites to earn fees by advertising and linking to and of course, a way to make the books we love available to you.

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