Why do beekeepers use smoke machines when collecting honey? Can a bee really sting only once? Why do bees “dance”? In concise, detailed text and abundant illustrations that range from the humorous to the scientific, Charles Micucci offers a wide-ranging and spirited introduction to the life cycle, social organization, and history of one of the world’s most useful insects. He includes information on how bees make honey, what a beekeeper does, and products that contain beeswax–everything from lipstick to waxes for buffing surfboards. Micucci’s rare gift for making science enjoyable and accessible is again revealed in this remarkably witty, rich salute to the honeybee.