In this book, entomologist Phil Lester explores the wonderfully complex and sometimes brutally efficient life history of honey bees, and the problems they face in New Zealand and around the globe. What causes a beehive to collapse? Are pesticides as big a problem as they appear? What can we do to improve the health of our honey bees? With intelligence, insight and entomologist jokes, Healthy Bee, Sick Bee tells the story of this much-loved little insect and offers new ways of thinking about how to ensure they will stick around in the future.
'A very readable, enlightening text, interwoven with many delightful anecdotes and personal touches. . . . Incredibly well written, with persuasive evidence-based analyses. It will certainly change the way you view AFB and very potentially revolutionise the way AFB is both taught and monitored. I highly recommend this book.' —Judith de Wilde, New Zealand Beekeeper
'If you want to learn about popping bee penises (and honestly, who doesn’t), and where not to get stung, then this is the book to read. But obviously this book contains much more than a string of very amusing anecdotes. Phil Lester not only shows us his love of honey bees, but also his deep knowledge of everything that plagues them. I can easily see this book becoming the go-to-book for anyone interested in honeybees and their demons, large and small. Highly recommended.' —Prof. Madeleine Beekman, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney
'Lester’s book is an impeccably researched analysis of the health of the honey bees of New Zealand by one of the world’s greatest bee pathologists. Lester pulls no punches when discussing controversial topics like the effects of neonicotinoids on bees, or the (un)likelihood of eradicating AFB from New Zealand. Packed with anecdote and cautionary tales, the story is told with immense style. This will be a valuable resource for beekeeper and scientist alike.' —Prof. Ben Oldroyd, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney
More About the Author
Phil Lester is a Professor in Ecology and Entomology at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of The Vulgar Wasp (VUP, 2018) and has published more than 140 articles on invasive ants, bees and wasps and other insects in journals that include Biology Letters, Ecology, and Proceedings of the Royal Society. Phil sits on the editorial boards of several journals, including Biological Invasions. He has won Fulbright and Royal Society Te Apārangi James Cook Research Fellowships.
Cover photo by Phil Lester
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