Bees

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

A Nat­u­ral His­tory By Christo­pher O’Toole Fire­fly, 240 pages, $40 BEES are dy­ing by the tens of mil­lions due to pes­ti­cides and colony col­lapse, threat­en­ing hu­man food se­cu­rity. In ac­ces­si­ble lan­guage, Bri­tish en­to­mol­o­gist Christo­pher O’Toole de­scribes the so­phis­ti­cated abil­i­ties of this com­plex, im­por­tant in­sect and makes a plea for po­lit­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal mea­sures to re­verse the dam­age done. Bril­liant close­ups am­plify bees work­ing in­stinc­tively and tire­lessly to per­pet­u­ate life.

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