By Claire Preston
The bee isn't a household animal, but our dating with this creature is without doubt one of the longest-standing among humanity and the other species. because the earliest occasions the original production and architectural skills of the bee and its outstanding social association were considered as staggering. due to this historic courting, bees consistently hold profound cultural meanings that can let us know a lot approximately who we're. Bees also are the topic of a big physique of legend through the temperate international; no much less remarkable is the average historical past of the bee, and the ways that its organic and social association were tailored and inspired by way of mankind looking for honey.
Claire Preston’s Bee follows the common and cultural background of our courting with the bee and the advance of those legends, from historical political descriptions of the bee to Renaissance debates approximately monarchy, and the accompanying medical discoveries approximately bugs, to the trendy conversion of the virtuous, civil bee into the damaging swarm of the Hollywood horror flick, and eventually to the depression attractiveness that the clinical learn of bee habit supplies us a caution to watch out our personal lousy applied sciences of destruction.
Written in a full of life, enticing sort, and containing many desirable bee evidence, anecdotes, fables, and photographs, Bee is additionally a wide-ranging, highly-illustrated meditation at the traditional and cultural heritage of this generic and much-admired insect. it is going to attract a large viewers: those that paintings with bees and in honey construction; those that savor this industrious creature and its problematic, miniature society; and people too who've an curiosity within the manner animals comparable to the bee have woven themselves into the material of our tradition.