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Bees have had a history of problems from disease pandemics to herbicide/pesticide-driven colony collapses

Bees have had a history of problems from disease pandemics to herbicide/pesticide-driven colony collapses

Bees have had a history of problems from disease pandemics to herbicide/pesticide-driven colony collapses

Lingering lockdowners may lounge on their lilos and turn the pages of a new book called The Bee's Knees, a treatise on man's best-friend-in-the-blossoms battling for survival in a cruel world of pesticides, monoculture and manicured lawns.

General readers may be aghast at a suggestion that some apiarists might sleep with bees on - not in - a hive. It's soporific, The Bee's Knees author James Morrissey told me, with the warmth of 50,000 insects and the aromas of pollen, nectar and honey. There is an illustration of a canopied bed on which to snooze away the day's cares.

This book is skilfully designed and illustrated, with interviews of bee persons by Lorna Siggins, and published in honey colours by Currach Books at €19.99 and has appropriately appeared in a season which augurs well for the insects after years of gloom.