This book is distilled from the monthly column, A Closer Look that appeared over eight years in Bee Culture Magazine, written by Clarence Collison and published by the A.I. Root Company. Collison is Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. Previously he was extension entomologist at The Pennsylvania State University where he served as a beekeeping/pollination specialist and livestock entomologist.
Organized into 17 sections (Honey Bee Castes to Impact of Pesticides) with 43 pages of references, many since 2000. Collison has collected much relevant biology in one place, updating our knowledge of what makes bees so interesting and distinctive organisms. Suitable for master beekeeper programs, college-level courses and general knowledge beekeeping.
Collison has reviewed the vast body of research in the biology, physiology, biochemistry and behavior of honey bees and presented it in a concise and objective manner.