What's the buzz? New book highlights life of bees up-close


TORONTO, July 2, 2015 – A new book co-authored by York University Professor Laurence Packer takes an up-close and personal look at more than 100 bees from around the world with photographs by Sam Droege.

Bees - An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World,In Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World, Packer and Droege provide vignettes that looks at how bees make their living, characteristic adornments, body modifications, habits and even hair style. The book examines all seven bee families and some of the most spectacular species within them. It includes some species that are so rare that they have not yet been described.

Droege’s photographs display the tiniest detail of colour and pattern, offering a snapshot of some of the more than 20,000 species of bees.

Black winged cuckoo orchid bee

Black winged cuckoo orchid bee

What: Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World (Voyageur Press). Published July 1.

Who: York University biology Professor and bee expert Laurence Packer, head of The Packer Lab.

Laurence Packer is a professor of biology at York University, Toronto, where he teaches courses in Entomology and Biodiversity, and runs a large research group comprised of numerous melittologists at various stages of their careers. He has authored or co-authored more than 140 research articles on various aspects of bee biology and together with his research team he has described over 100 bee species. He is the author of Keeping the Bees (HarperCollins).

Sam Droege is a wildlife biologist at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, part of the United States Geological Survey. He is widely published in journals and has been the editor of numerous government publications on birds and insects. His work cataloging and photographing bees has been featured by NPR, The Weather Channel, and the National Wildlife Federation, as well as in numerous publications, including Wired, the Wall Street Journal and Popular Science.


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