While we eat, work, and sleep, bees are busy around the world. More than 20,000 species are in constant motion! They pollinate plants of all types and keep our natural world intact. In Bees, you'll find a new way to appreciate these tiny wonders. Sam Droege and Laurence Packer present more than 100 of the most eye-catching bees from around the world as you've never seen them: up-close and with stunning detail. You'll stare into alien-like faces. You'll get lost in mesmerizing colors and patterns, patches and stripes of arresting yellow or blue. Whether you linger on your first close look at the Western Domesticated Honey Bee or excitedly flip straight to the rare Dinagapostemon sicheli, there's no doubt you'll be blown away by the beauty of bees.
Sam Droege is a wildlife biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, part of the US Geological Survey. He is widely published in journals and has been the editor of numerous government publications on birds and insects. His work cataloging and photographing bees has been featured by NPR, The Weather Channel, and the National Wildlife Federation, as well as in numerous publications including Wired, the Wall Street Journal, and Popular Science.
Laurence Packer is a Professor of Biology at York University, Toronto, Canada, where he teaches courses in Entomology and Biodiversity, and runs a large research group comprised of numerous melittologists at various stages of their careers. He has authored or co-authored numerous research articles on various aspects of bee biology and together with his research team he has described over 100 bee species. He is the author of Keeping the Bees (HarperCollins).
"This is an AMAZING book. The photographs are mesmerizing. You'll see bees not only as our beloved pollinators but as the incredible insect they are. I have never seen pictures like these colorful ultra-close ups, this is a book to refer to and learn from!" - Greeneroo.com
"I got it as an introduction to bees for our homeschooling science and fell in love with it. Each page turn is a new bee from somewhere in the world and includes great, up-close pictures. My kids really got to see what a bee looks like, what they do, and why they're so important." - HomeGrownFamilies.net
"The bees may be from around the world, but the photography is absolutely out of this world in this beautiful hardcover offering from Sam Droege and Laurence Packer. The detail and clarity of Droege's images are breathtaking, a true celebration of different species of this complex and valuable pollinator." - FloweryProse.com