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Bees: A Natural History The vital role of bees in human ecology is underlined by the estimate that every third mouthful of human food is dependent on the pollinating services of bees Only recently have biologists discovered that human survival is inextricably linked to the survival of insects, specifically, bees Today the, species of bee continue to play vital roles in human ecology We survive only by grace of the life sustaining network of bee plant relationships Bees immerses readers in the world of a group of insects whose diversity of form and behavior is eloquent testimony to the fine tuning of natural selection Written by a world leading entomologist and specialist in bees, the book s topics include What are bees The Wasp Inheritance Bees as foragers, their nesting instinct, on board computing facility, sun compass orientation and sense of time The many ways of being a bee Solitary versus social, Miners and masons, Leafcutters and carpenters Bees and flowering plants The male of the species Mating strategies, patrols, competition, territoriality, the role of scent The enemies of bees Cleptoparasites, cuckoo bees Bees and People historic and contemporary Bees in Folk and Modern Medicine The Conservation of Bees the decline of bees and honeybees, bees in human ecology, bee conservation, urban bees Bee projects the backyard bee scientist Bees can be found throughout history in roles poetic and military, in medicine and agriculture, in the kitchen and in the kit of a traditional healer They have played a bigger role in human existence than is often recognized This beautifully illustrated, appreciative tribute will be welcomed by entomologists, students and all naturalist readers

10 thoughts on “Bees: A Natural History

  1. says:

    I like bees I like watching them, photographing them and looking at pictures of them This book has a lot of information about bees worldwide and their behavior It is very readable and has beautiful pictures I do like the fact that it isn t just focused on honeybees There are a lot of other interesting types of bees, most of which are solitary, others which are socia

  2. says:

    This book is an amazing resource of over 20,000 species of bees Yes, I said over 20,000 species The writing is concise and easy to understand, and it is accompanied by wonderful pictures of several of the different species.

  3. says:

    I enjoyed looking at all the color pictures of bees I learn new things from every book I read about bees The chapter I enjoyed the most was the conservation and management of bees because I like reading about the different types of bees that are used for pollination of food crops I was surprised to learn about the Australian bee Amegilla asserta that may be able to used in Aust

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this book it is an amazing source of information I felt a sense of excitement and wonder as I learned how bees and flowers evolved together, and learned specific examples I knew it was important to not just focus all of our energy on honeybees, but I had no idea that there were so many different species and it was fascinating to have them described and pictured throu

  5. says:

    Great book, lovely photos Shame about the many typos.I do like the fact that it isn t just focused on honeybees There are a lot of other interesting types of bees, some of which are solitary, others which create communities to various different extents.

  6. says:

    I started this after reading The Bees by Laline Paull Interesting and easy to get through.

  7. says:

    A beautiful coffee table book about all things bee, including social and solitary bees.

  8. says:

    There is reason enough to read this given this one sentence in the introduction of this book And do honeybees actually have something to tell us about the search for extra terrestrial intelligence SETI

  9. says:

    This book shows the significance of bees and the food we eat Although many bee species are mentioned this book focuses on the honey bee Beautiful color photos and drawings and very readable to all audiences.

  10. says:

    Loads of information about bees worldwide and their behavior Very readable with beautiful pictures.

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