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Bug Bingo

Bug Bingo Lowest new price: $20.48
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Author: Christine Berrie
Brand: Chronicle Books

This beautifully illustrated bingo game features 64 species of bugs from around the world. Identify all kinds of insects – from the Giant Hawker Dragonfly to the Kissing Bug and the Orchid Bee to the Sacred Scarab – mark them off on your card and bingo!

Bug Bingo brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game as players learn the names and colorings of both favorite species like the Honey Bee and more exotic bugs like the Vampire Moth.

Contains 64 superbly illustrated bug tokens, one board, 12 bingo cards and brightly colored counters for you to mark up your card, as well as a leaflet containing basic information and a few quirky traits for all of the bugs featured.

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Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them

Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them Lowest new price: $16.44
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Author: Paige Embry

All the buzz about North America’s bees

Honey bees get all the press, but the fascinating story of North America’s native bees—an endangered species essential to our ecosystems and food supplies—is just as crucial. Through interviews with farmers, gardeners, scientists, and bee experts, Paige Embry explores the importance of native bees and focuses on why they play a key role in gardening and agriculture. The people and stories are compelling: Embry goes on a bee hunt with the world expert on the likely extinct Franklin’s bumble bee, raises blue orchard bees in her refrigerator, and learns about an organization that turns the out-of-play areas in golf courses into pollinator habitats.

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The Beekeeper's Journal: An Illustrated Register for Your Beekeeping Adventures

The Beekeeper's Journal: An Illustrated Register for Your Beekeeping Adventures Lowest new price: $10.21
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Author: Kim Flottum
Brand: Kim Flottum

Store your notes, journal entries, and daily beekeeping records, observations, and to-do lists within the pages of this beautiful and inspirational journal.

The Beekeeper's Journal will be right at home among your beekeeping supplies, because it's the perfect place to keep your thoughts, recipes, inspirations, sketches, and more. Photographs and illustrations on each spread complement the helpful tips, anecdotes, ideas, recipes, how-tos, and images from beekeeping expert, Kim Flottum.

This book is not only a useful tool, but the perfect keepsake for avid beekeepers; make your own beekeeping scrap book among it's beautifully illustrated pages!

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The Secret Life of Flies

The Secret Life of Flies Lowest new price: $21.62
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Author: Erica McAlister

Stories and science about nature's most complex, crucial and highly adaptive insect.

The Secret Life of Flies takes readers into the hidden world of snail killers, con artists, crazy sex and a great many silly names. It dispels common misconceptions about flies and reveals how truly extraordinary, exotic and important are these misunderstood creatures.

There are ten chapters:

1. The immature ones - Squirmy wormy larvae can be just a bit unnerving, especially when they're in large numbers.
2. The pollinators - Those annoying No See Ums, or midge flies, are the only pollinator of the chocolate-producing cacao tree, a status held by many of the pollinators.
3. The detritivores - These garbage eaters are often fluffy and thus water-repellent, good for a life spent in a sewer.
4. The vegetarians - Entomological spelunkers, many of these flies prefer plant roots forsaking the leaves to other creatures.
5. The fungivores - The mushroom eaters include the dark-winged fungus gnats whose wing patterns are one of the author's favorites.
6. The predators - Here are the most devious and imaginative methods of luring, capturing and eating prey.
7. The parasites - Their methods of survival are often disgusting but the evolutionary genius is admirable.
8. The sanguivores - McAlister responds to the perpetual question, exactly why do we have blood-sucking disease-spreading mosquitos?
9. The coprophages - The champions of dung, detritus and other unpleasant things.
10. The necrophages - The body eaters without which we would be in a most disagreeable situation.

In clear language, McAlister explains Diptera taxonomy and forensic entomology, and describes the potential of flies to transform their relationship with humans from one of disease vector to partner in environmental preservation. She has a wonderful knack for storytelling, deftly transforming what could be dry descriptions of biology, reproduction and morphology into entertainment. She takes readers to piles of poo in Ethiopia by way of underground caves, latrines and backyard gardens, and opens the drawers at the Natural History Museum to rhapsodize over her favorite flies.

The Secret Life of Flies is full of stories and tongue-in-check descriptions, but the science is rigorous, authoritative and will be enjoyed by dipterists, lepidopterists, insect enthusiasts, naturalists, and general readers.

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Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health Lowest new price: $17.07
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Author: Les Crowder
Brand: Les Crowder

In recent years beekeepers have had to face tremendous challenges, from pests such as varroa and tracheal mites and from the mysterious but even more devastating phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Yet in backyards and on rooftops all over the world, bees are being raised successfully, even without antibiotics, miticides, or other chemical inputs.More and more organically minded beekeepers are now using top-bar hives, in which the shape of the interior resembles a hollow log. Long lasting and completely biodegradable, a topbar hive made of untreated wood allows bees to build comb naturally rather than simply filling prefabricated foundation frames in a typical box hive with added supers.

Top-bar hives yield slightly less honey but produce more beeswax than a typical Langstroth box hive. Regular hive inspection and the removal of old combs helps to keep bees healthier and naturally disease-free.

Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using these innovative hives. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees intensively should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax.

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Beekeeper's Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities and Experiments Exploring the Life of the Hive

Beekeeper's Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities and Experiments Exploring the Life of the Hive Lowest new price: $9.49
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Author: Kim Lehman
Brand: Lehman Kim

Beekeeping's popularity as a hobby continues to skyrocket. Beekeeper's Lab gives you 52 bee-inspired labs to do all year long, and are accessible enough to share with the family.

Fill the year ahead with weekly activities from around and about the hive, including art projects, recipes, experiments, garden activities, and more!

Bees are important to local ecosystems, now more than ever. Whether you're already a beekeeper, or are still considering getting your first hive, Beekeeper'sLab has projects perfect for you. This extensive guide book features 52 beekeeping and hive-inspired projects to keep you involved with your bees and hive all year long.

The tutorials are brief, accomplishable, rewarding, and best of all, they are presented in a friendly lab-style format. Try a new technique each week with how-tos and sidebars with tips that are perfect for including the whole family. Beekeeping is a fun hobby for the whole family to enjoy, plus, who doesn't want their own supply of honey?

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Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People

Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People Lowest new price: $15.00
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Author: Ken Watanabe
Brand: Watanabe, Ken

The fun and simple problem-solving guide that took Japan by storm

Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese schoolchildren. His goal was to help shift the focus in Japanese education from memorization to critical thinking, by adapting some of the techniques he had learned as an elite McKinsey consultant.

He was amazed to discover that adults were hungry for his fun and easy guide to problem solving and decision making. The book became a surprise Japanese bestseller, with more than 370,000 in print after six months. Now American businesspeople can also use it to master some powerful skills.

Watanabe uses sample scenarios to illustrate his techniques, which include logic trees and matrixes. A rock band figures out how to drive up concert attendance. An aspiring animator budgets for a new computer purchase. Students decide which high school they will attend.

Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.

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The Bee Book

The Bee Book Lowest new price: $16.44
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Author: DK
Brand: Dk Pub

The Bee Book shows you step-by-step how to create a bee-friendly garden, get started in beekeeping, and harness the power of honey for well-being.

Fully illustrated with full-color photographs throughout, this beautiful guide covers everything you need to know to start your own backyard hive, from setup to harvest. Practical beekeeping techniques are explained with clear step-by-step sequences, photos, and diagrams so you'll be prepared to establish your own colony, deal with diseases, collect a swarm, and much more.

A comprehensive gardening chapter features planting plans to fill container and border gardens, bee "hotel" and habitat projects, and an at-a-glance flower gallery of bees' favorite plants. The Bee Book also shows you how to harvest honey, beeswax, and propolis from the hive and use these ingredients in 38 recipes for home remedies, beauty treatments, and candle-making.

Discover the wonder of bees in nature, in your garden, and in the hive with The Bee Book, lavishly bound in a beautiful gold-foil and texture cover and perfect for gift giving.

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Microsculpture: Portraits of Insects

Microsculpture: Portraits of Insects Lowest new price: $24.47
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Author: Levon Biss

"You will never look at a beetle or a moth the same way again." --WIRED
"Art meets science to dazzling effect." --The Guardian
Microsculptureis a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification that celebrates the wonders of nature and science. Levon Biss’s photographs capture in breathtaking detail the beauty of the insect world and are printed in large-scale format to provide an unforgettable viewing experience. Each picture in Microsculpture is created from approximately 8,000 individual photographs. Segments of the specimen are lit and photographed separately using microscope lenses, then “stacked” to maintain sharp focus throughout. These images are then combined to create a single high-resolution file. From start to finish, each portrait takes approximately 4 weeks to create. The project has captured the attention of the world with features in WIRED and New Scientist. Microsculpture has been exhibited at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Xposure 2016 International Photography Festival in Sharjah, U.A.E. It has been viewed by over half a mil­lion people so far and will be touring museums around the world from 2017 onward. The entomology collection has significant cultural and historical value, containing the world’s oldest pinned insect specimen and many thousands of insects collected by pioneering Victorian explorers and biologists such as Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace.

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Worms Eat My Garbage, 35th Anniversary Edition: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System: Compost Food Waste, Produce Fertilizer for Houseplants and Garden, and Educate Your Kids and Family

Worms Eat My Garbage, 35th Anniversary Edition: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System: Compost Food Waste, Produce Fertilizer for Houseplants and Garden, and Educate Your Kids and Family Lowest new price: $10.12
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Author: Mary Appelhof

For more than three decades, this best-selling guide to the practice of vermicomposting has taught people how to use worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for houseplants or gardens. Small-scale, self-contained worm bins can be kept indoors, in a basement, or even under the kitchen sink in an apartment — making vermicomposting a great option for city dwellers and anyone who doesn’t want or can’t have an outdoor compost pile. The fully revised 35th anniversary edition features the original’s same friendly tone, with up-to-date information on the entire process, from building or purchasing a bin (readily available at garden supply stores) to maintaining the worms and harvesting the finished compost.

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