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Book: Honey Maker: How The Honey Bee Worker Does What She Does

Price: $19.95
Item Number: RBK106
Local Oregon author, Rosanna Mattingly is a writer and educator with graduate degrees in the ecological sciences.  She has studied insects since the 1970s. 


Established along with European settlers, honey bees are an essential part of today’s American landscape. Yet, how does the honey bee accomplish the many tasks that aid not only the survival of the colony but our own as well? Many of the answers involve the worker bee, the unique focus of Honey-Maker, and are as astonishing as the exquisite structures that enable the worker to perform her many tasks.

Honey-Maker takes us into the beehive for a look through the lens of a bee-loving biologist. Beginning with an overview of the colony, which includes the queen, workers, and drones, the book then divides into sections that reflect the design of an insect: Head, Thorax, and Abdomen. We learn how the worker, the familiar bee we find on our lawns and in our gardens, makes wax and constructs honeycomb, tends the queen, raises all of the colony’s young, forages for and collects nectar and pollen, makes honey and bee bread, dances, grooms, swarms, and stings. We also see the capacity of the honey bee worker to cooperate with other members of her colony and to alter her activities and physiology to meet the colony’s ever-changing needs. Honey-Maker further speaks to our age-old relationship with the honey bee and suggests ways in which we all might contribute to a more habitable landscape.

Richly illustrated and containing a glossary, bibliography, and index, Honey-Maker serves as a reference, introduction, and guide to both the honey bee and the millions of known and yet-to-be-described other insects on the planet today. It will inform and delight all who are interested in the workings of the natural world.

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