QueenSpotting by Hilary Kearney is like “Where’s Waldo?” of the insect class. It’s a must read for both experienced and beginning beekeepers. The queen spotting challenges range from easy to advanced. The answer key appears at the back. Interspersed throughout the educational visuals are Hilary’s accounts of apiary management and swarm catching. As a resident of Southern California, Hilary works year round managing her own hives, rescuing errant swarms, and educating others about honey bees. She launched her own business, Girl Next Door Honey, in 2012.
It’s a handsome book, readers will enjoy referring to over and over. Her enthusiasm bubbles up and spills over into her writing. Never stuffy or formal, you’ll chuckle when she uses the phrase “pollen pants” as a substitute for pollen baskets.
She clearly works at the master level of beekeeping. Her advice for building proficiency in queen spotting is helpful and accurate. At the book’s conclusion, you’ll likely want more from this beekeeper and entrepreneur. You can find more words of wisdom on Hilary’s Girl Next Door Honey website or popular social media accounts.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review of this publication. #QueenSpotting #NetGalley
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