By Allison Wallace
–from A Keeper of Bees
Allison Wallace’s devotion to honeybees and their notable, intensely lived lives all started years in the past, whilst she was once residing in a cabin within the North Carolina woods. Ever due to the fact then, anywhere she has known as domestic, Wallace has saved corporation with bees. Now she supplies us the honeybee in all its glory, dancing “the nice, by no means totally knowable ecological dance,” striving like different creatures and crops to be all it may be in its brief existence.
With a philosopher’s conception and a scientist’s wisdom, Wallace interweaves the proof of honeybee biology with reflections on wish, intimacy, paintings, evolution, reminiscence, and residential. She stocks the fun of in detail staring at millions of busy bees cozily ensconced of their brilliantly designed, completely weatherproofed hive. She muses at the lady staff’ unceasing task, and at the male drones’ idleness as every one awaits his acrobatic midair mating with the queen, by means of his quick demise. She marvels on the cosseted queen, upon whom the way forward for the hive depends.
From the Hardcover edition.