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Offline hjon71

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Honeybee Democracy
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:12:15 AM »
I have borrowed this book from a friend locally who is interested in beekeeping. I lent him my copy of Beekeeping for Dummies, which my wife bought as a joke for me. The joke is on her though because I've read it through twice so far.

Honeybee Democracy, is just as good. The author T.D. Steely takes a scientific approach to study how and why swarms choose new homes. Highly recommend picking this one up.
Quite difficult matters can be explained even to a slow-witted man, if only he has not already adopted a wrong opinion about them; but the simplest things cannot be made clear even to a very intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he already knows, and knows indubitably, the truth of the matter under consideration. -Leo Tolstoy

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Re: Honeybee Democracy
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014, 10:23:15 AM »
+1

I originally picked up the book because I thought the quality of the book itself was good, cover art was good, and so therefore the content must be good right?   I mean, how can an entire book about swarming not keep you on the edge of your seat?    Actually, the book is really fascinating and while obviously very much a book about the science and research results it is written and presented in a highly consumable way without ever getting too bogged down.    Highly recommended.

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Re: Honeybee Democracy
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2014, 09:51:07 PM »
Fascinating.  This guy has spent his life researching bees.  How can we not love it?

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Re: Honeybee Democracy
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014, 10:20:10 AM »
Seeley is not only smart, he is a good communicator (writing or speaking).  He makes what he has to say plain and understanable while not dumbing it down.  This is a great book if you want to understand details of what a swarm does.  I think the details help us in understanding other things about how a colony communicates and makes decisions...

Wisdom of the Hive isn't in print anymore, I think.  But that's a great one by him as well.   There is a little overlap but it is a different book with a broader topic.
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Offline Eric Bosworth

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Re: Honeybee Democracy
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2014, 08:07:58 AM »
I just started reading this. Very interesting. Especially living about an hour from Ithaca. I will say that in 1975 there were a lot more feral bees than there are now however.