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Princeton University Press

Wild Honey Bees: An Intimate Portrait

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A lavishly illustrated exploration of the mysterious, hidden world of forest-dwelling wild honey bees--with new insights that promise to revolutionize conservation and beekeeping

The honey bee, a key pollinator, is now an endangered species, threatened by human activity and loss of biodiversity. Because of this, understanding forest-dwelling wild honey bees--which are more resistant to diseases and parasites than honey bees kept by beekeepers--is more important than ever before. In this lavishly illustrated book, Ingo Arndt, one of the world's best wildlife photographers, and Jürgen Tautz, one of the world's leading bee experts, set out on the trail of wild honey bees, bringing back sensational photographs, some of which document behaviors never captured before, and new scientific insights that promise to revolutionize conservation and beekeeping.

A remarkable number of wild honey bee colonies still exist, living in hollow trees inside the forest, largely unnoticed by humans. This book explores the fascinating secret world of wild honey bees, including the adaptations and behaviors they have acquired to survive and the new challenges they face today. Featuring incredible macro and wide-angle photographs, some taken from inside hives, Wild Honey Bees is a unique collaboration that documents a major research project and offers critical new insights about these essential creatures.
  • A stunning photographic record that documents for the first time the original way of life of the endangered, forest-dwelling honey bee
  • A unique collaboration between one of the world's best wildlife photographers and one of its leading bee experts
  • Features incredible macro and wide-angle photographs, some from inside the hive, depicting bees as never seen before
  • Offers fascinating new insights into the mysterious, hidden world of the wild honey bee


Author: Ingo Arndt, Jürgen Tautz
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 02/01/2022
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.75lbs
Size: 11.30h x 8.70w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780691235080

About the Author
Ingo Arndt is one of the world's leading nature photographers. His many awards include Wildlife Photographer of the Year and a World Press Photo Award. His work has appeared in international magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic and BBC Wildlife. Jürgen Tautz is a behavioral scientist, sociobiologist, bee expert, and the author of several popular science books on bees. He is professor and chairman of the bee research group at the Biozentrum der Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg, Germany.