Clan Apis by Jay Hosler, Ph.D.
Active Synapse, Columbus, 2000
Borrowed from the library.
I first learned about this wonderful graphic novel at DogEar Diary. Thanks, Jeane!
Jay Hosler is a professor of biology who is also a comic book artist! Clan Apis, drawn in black and white, tells the story of a young bee and her hive mates. It is packed with lots of information about hive structure, bee life cycles, behavior and the honey bee’s place in the world.
We first meet Nyuki in her larval stage and follow her through her changes as she matures. Her conversations with older bees explain the division of labor in a hive, hive social structure, pollen collection and honey production. Leaving the hive she has many adventures, all containing interest information about honey bee ecology.
Clan Apis is beautifully illustrated, full of humor and adventure, a perfect introduction to bee biology. I easily see it drawing in a reluctant reader and, just maybe, helping to create a budding life scientist. I plan on adding a copy of it to our school library. I also plan on reading Hosler’s The Sandwalk Adventures.