Bees lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In ‘Buzz’, the award-winning author of Feathers and The Triumph of Seeds takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young.
From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.
Thor Hanson is a biologist whose research and conservation activities have taken him around the globe. His previous books include ‘The Impenetrable Forest and Feathers’ (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize), and ‘The Triumph of Seeds’. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and contributed to publications including BBC Wildlife and the Huffington Post. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest, USA.