Bees, with their tiny wings and fuzzy bodies, hold a special place in our hearts. These creatures are not only fascinating but also essential to our ecosystem. So, when I stumbled upon the book “Bees & Their Keepers” by Lotte Möller, I knew I had to read it. This cultural history delves into the world of bees and beekeeping from ancient times to the present day.
Möller takes us on a journey through the beekeeper’s year, describing in vivid detail the activity in the hive and the natural order and habits of bees. Her deep knowledge and sharp wit shine through as she explores the myths of the past and how they have been replaced by fact over time.
One of my favorite parts of Bees & Their Keepers is Möller’s encounters with various colorful characters during her travels. From a trigger-happy California beekeeper raging against both killer bees and bee politics to the legendary Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, breeder of the Buckfast Queen popular around the world – each story is engaging and unique.
The illustrations throughout “Bees & Their Keepers” are another highlight that adds depth to Möller’s writing. The beautiful images bring her words to life, making it easier for readers to picture everything from honeybees buzzing around lavender fields to Queen bees laying eggs.
Additionally, Möller discusses how bees’ roles have evolved over time from being seen as divine beings worthy of worship to being studied scientifically for their contributions to our ecosystem. She also touches on modern challenges facing beekeepers today such as colony collapse disorder (CCD) and how different countries are tackling these issues.
In conclusion, Lotte Möller’s “Bees & Their Keepers” is a fantastic book for anyone interested in bees and beekeeping. From ancient myths to modern challenges, she covers it all in an engaging and informative way. The illustrations are stunning, and the stories she shares are captivating. This book is perfect for beekeepers looking to deepen their knowledge or anyone who wants to learn more about these fascinating creatures. If you’re looking for a book that will leave you buzzing with excitement, look no further than “Bees & Their Keepers“