Piping Hot Bees Book

A biologist’s up-close narrative of how he and fellow biologists cracked some of the ongoing mysteries about honey bee behavior.


We’re so pleased to offer Tom Seeley’s latest book! Piping Hot Bees and Boisterous Buzz-Runners takes readers inside a world seldom seen even by beekeepers, shedding light on twenty of the most compelling puzzles of honey bee behavior.

Thomas Seeley has devoted his life to the study of honey bees and their colonies, untangling the secrets of these wondrous insects in a career spanning six decades.

In this book, he weaves inspiring personal stories with the latest science and facts. He explains mysteries such as how worker bees function as scouts to choose a home site for their colony, how they go about equipping their home with beeswax combs, and the ways they stock it with brood and food… all while keeping tens of thousands of colony inhabitants warm and defended from intruders.

Along the way, he shares the experiences that drew him to these studies, the small observations that led to big breakthroughs, and the excitement of analyzing each riddle.

Richly illustrated, Piping Hot Bees and Boisterous Buzz-Runners provides a rare look at how a singularly passionate scientist and his colleagues deciphered the pipings, shakings, and puzzling tremble dances of honey bees, and how this journey of scientific discovery continues to shape our understanding of these remarkably intelligent and vitally important insects.

Book Specifications:

  • 312 Pages
  • Hardcover
  • Includes 106 color and black-and-white illustrations.

Hear about the book from Tom Seeley himself in this interview: