Bees and Honey
From Flower to Jar
We all know that bees make honey. They mystery for most of us is what happens between the time when those bees are buzzing around our garden and when we stick our knife in the jar. Based on careful observation and years of experience, Michael Weiler reveals the secret life of bees. He looks at all aspects of a bee’s life and work and vividly describes their remarkable world.
Did you know, for example, that it takes approximately 12,000 bee hours to produce a single jar of honey? If bees earned minimum wages, one jar would cost almost $100,000 (plus retail markup).
Bees and Honey is a fascinating book for anyone interested in the intricacies of nature and the life of these fascinating insects.
“The text conveys the reader smoothly through this refreshing insight into the bees’ world, the photographs, various biological illustrations, line drawings and tables are all designed to enhance the learning process from this book. On a literary note, there are also two delightful poems...to add to the reader's pleasure.... Good value for money.”
“Michael Weiler is an experienced beekeeper who looks after fifty colonies. He is a teacher with a great passion for bees and deep understanding of their nature. I had already begun to apply organic principles within my own beekeeping and I am now convinced that the biodynamic route is the one I shall take.”
—Philip Chandler, Wholesome Food Association, in Star and Furrow Magazine
“This fascinating book about the life cycle of a bee tells the reader all they need to know about the subject.”
—Scientific and Medical Network Review
“This delightful and detailed little book takes us on a wonderful journey through the beekeeping year.... The outline of the Demeter Beekeeping Guidelines at the back of the book will be especially useful to beekeepers considering how they can best work with their bees.”
—Sue Peat, The Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain Newsletter
“If you're an experienced bee-keeper wishing to know your bees better, and more so if you're one that likes to share the art of bee keeping with fellow human beings, then this little book shows how!! The writer, Co-director of the Demeter association in Germany, takes us by the hand on a wonderful journey through the beekeeping year.
—Star and Furrow
“From poetic opening lines to a royal-jelly finale, this wonderful book has been written from the heart-mind of a man who truly loves his bees. Readers may feel themselves transported to stand beside the beekeeper, accompanying him as he tends to his hive. Which is of course the book's defining strength. Well illustrated with excellent photographs and clear diagrams.”