The Ultimate List of 10 Books About Bees You Can’t Miss

Non-fiction, Science and Nature


Tiny yet the most crucial creature of the ecosystem ,bees ,without which humans would face the threat of extinction, unfortunately, are on the brink of extinction. Reformatory actions on an urgent basis are needed to be taken. Though there are people interested in beehives and beekeeping, more and more people are needed to invest in the world of bees. One of the best ways to help bees survive is reading books about bees.

Whether you are a newbie planning to become a beekeeper, someone curious about bees, or even a veteran naturalist who cares about bees, we have the best book recommendations for you. Browse and choose your next read to advance your knowledge from our list of books about bees.

The Bees in Your Backyard by Joseph S. Wilson and Olivia Messinger Carril

The Bees in Your Backyard

Like an encyclopedia, The Bees in Your Backyard offers detailed discussion on more than four thousand bee species. However, most of them are likely to be found in the United states and Canada. Leaving no aspect unexplored, it covers the family history, habitat, role in pollination, diet, etc. In addition, the book is packed with stunning photos to make it more interesting. Recommended for both amateurs and expert naturalists, it is one of the most important books about bees.

The Lives of Bees by Tomas D. Seeley

The Lives of Bees

Thomas D. Seeley’s The Lives of Bees provides comparative analysis of bees living in hives and those living in the wild. The book draws upon the extensive fieldwork practice of Thomas, and the latest research available on bees. With convincing arguments, Thomas calls upon immediate remedies to improve the crisis of beekeepers. An important book for readers interested in bees.

Beekeeping for Beginners by Shawn Baxter

Beekeeping for Beginners

Shawn Baxter’s Beekeeping for Beginners teaches the art of beekeeping. Drawing upon the wisdom of old traditions and convenience of modern technology, Shawn Baxter provides an excellent recipe for becoming a successful beekeeper. Whether you are a newbie or veteran or planning to be one in future, this book should be your ultimate guide.

Plan Bee by Susan Brackney

Plan Bee

Plan Bee is a thought provoking book about the buzzing world of bees. The most significant part of the food chain, bees are on the verge of extinction. Susan Brackney in her book elaborates on how to save them by providing detailed information about bees’ world. How they work, which factors endanger their lives, and how we can save them. As responsible individuals, everyone should read this book at least once.

Buzz by Thor Hanson


Thor Hanson’s Buzz presents a meticulously researched book on evolution of various bee species. Along with bee types and evolutionary history, the book draws upon a variety of flowers that attract specific bees. In addition, readers will also find beautiful photographs of bees and flowers.

Bees by Sam droege


Bees by Sam Droege provides a close up look at numerous exotic bee species. The book includes mesmerizing photographs with descriptions explaining habitat, diet, geographical locations of the species. A lovely book for bee lovers to read without getting bored.

Bumblebees by Oliver E. Prys-Jones


An enlightening and enchanting read, Bumblebees provides crucial insights into bees. Other than ecology, history, and habitat, the book analyzes bees’ role as pollinators in relation to crops and native flora. A bit too detailed and academic for general readers but an absolute treasure for those curious about bees’ universe.

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Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee by L.L. Langstroth

Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee

Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee is a classical work available on beekeeping. Written in the 1980s the book includes practical techniques and principles on beekeeping. Being the father of beekeeping, all the information provided by Langstroth is factual. From understanding the physiology and behavior of bees to learning how to manage and control bees in hives, the book expands on all aspects.

The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore by Hilda M. Ransome

The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore

Little unconventional in style, The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore underscores different perspectives of bees and honey in various religions and cultures around the world. It also dwells on different ancient traditions and techniques of beekeeping around the globe. Though a little outdated, it offers a great deal of knowledge about bees

The Mind of a Bee by Lars Chittka

The Mind of a Bee

You must have heard about the intelligence of bees but have you ever wondered what is so peculiar about bees’ minds? Lars Chittka’s The Mind of a Bee plumbs into all such kinds of thoughts. With the help of all advanced research available, the book describes and analyzes cognitive abilities of bees. Fascinating and insightful, recommended for readers curious about bees.

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