This is a splendid book. I bought it because I was doing a little project on bees in poetry, and it sounded like a good source. Actually there's not much poetry, but so much history, folklore and other information that it didn't matter. The book was originally published in 1937, so it's a pleasure to read; witty, erudite and properly punctuated, so you aren't always tripping over ill-designed sentences. The earliest bees have been discovered preserved in Baltic amber, from the time when humanity barely existed, and cave art shows wild honey being collected in palaeolithic times (there's a fascinating illustration of this). They were known to the Egyptians as 'the tears of Ra (the sun god)', and to the Greeks as little goddesses, under the sway of Melissa. If you love bees, and are worried about the threats facing them in the twenty-first century, read this.