Thursday, May 07, 2009

Pg. 99: Susan Brackney's "Plan Bee"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on the Planet by Susan Brackney.

About the book, from the publisher:
A fascinating guided tour through the history, folklore, and function of the endangered honeybee.

Featured recently in major national news stories because they are disappearing at an alarming rate, bees are the unsung—and absolutely essential— heroes of the food chain. Now they get their due in this delightfully illustrated, fact-filled book, courtesy of a professional beekeeper and nature writer who explores:

• Why honey bees are disappearing—and what we can do about it
• Who’s who in the hive—the queen bee, the workers, and the drones
• The role of bees in our food system
• Swarming behavior—what it is, what it means, and how it’s controlled
• Bees by the numbers—number of bees per hive, number of wing beats per second, and other fascinating facts
• Bees in folklore, literature, and pop culture
• And much more
Learn more about the book and author at the Plan Bee website and Susan Brackney's website.

Susan Brackney is a beekeeper living in Bloomington, Indiana. A nature writer whose articles about honeybees and beekeeping have appeared in the New York Times, Plenty Magazine, Wildlife Conservation, and elsewhere, she is also the author of The Insatiable Gardner’s Guide, The Lost Soul Companion, and The Not-So-Lost Soul Companion. You might have seen her taking Jerry Seinfeld's Bee Movie to task on Good Morning America.

The Page 99 Test: Plan Bee.

--Marshal Zeringue