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Full book list of all available new books. Alphabetical by author.
Bumble bees are among the most charming, colourful and fascinating of insects. Common in gardens and meadows throughout the summer, their large size and bright colours make them both easy and fun to watch. This book, designed for young people, will delight people of all ages with interesting, factual information about bumble bees.
This handbook deals with the annual life cycle,foraging behaviour, predators and parasites, bumblebee conservation, raising bumblebees & suggestions for research projects. Written by two American academics this is an important addition to the literature of these insects.
First published ten years ago, this ground-breaking book is now in its fourth edition. It is the result of the shared fascination of an artist and a scientist with the perfect design of pollen grains, organisms so small that they cannot be seen without a microscope. The grains are enclosed beyond the accessible beauty of the flower until the moment of release, when they are carried by wind, water or animal vectors to achieve their purpose, which is procreation.
Pollen is ubiquitous; in childhood we all learn a little about plant reproduction and the role of the bee but few of us are aware of the astonishing diversity of the structure of pollen grains, although these tiny, extraordinary forms have fascinated the scientifically curious since the seventeenth century.
Starting with a clear explanation of the structure and form of pollen, the authors go on to examine the remarkable events from pollination to fertilisation, and the many ways in which pollen impacts unseen on our lives. All of this is interwoven with a dazzling array of original images by the authors, created especially for the book. In this new edition many more original illustrations have been added and the text has been fully updated.
A WONDERFUL BOOK!
These cards show the colours of pollen loads collected by honey bees. Each month depicts the colours for the plants that are most frequently visited by honey bees. On the reverse of each card is information about the typical flowering duration of each species. Some plants have also been identified as major sources of nectar.
Norman Carreck, Science Director IBRA says that “This is the definitive review by authors who have personally carried out much of the primary research on the topic” while Tom Seeley of Cornnell University suggests that it is “No other work describes so comprehensively, and with such excellent photographs and diagrams, the marvellous mating biology of honey bees”.
‘A truly impressive synthesis on an enormous body of research on the reproductive biology, and especially the mating behaviour of honey bees. No other work describes so comprehensively, and with such excellent photographs and diagrams, the marvellous mating biology of honey bees.’ Professor Tom Seeley, Cornell University
This book is a reliable and fascinating guide to one o f Borneo’s natural wonders – the diversity o f honey bees, their intriguing societies and their adaptations to the complex tropical environment. The admirable harmony of their social life , the precision of their combs and the richness of their honey stores are described, as well as the honey bee’s defence strategies against strong bears, fast flying birds and minute mites.
An array of unique, spectacular photographs allows the reader to visit the giant honey bees (Apis dorsata) in the canopy of the highest Koompassia trees and witness painful bee stings penetrating deeper and deeper into the skin. Unique in the animal kingdom are magnificent assemblies of thousands of drone s which, far from the safety of their nests, circle high in the air waiting for the arrival of a single virgin queen. The out standing taste and quality of honey of indigenous Asian bees is acknowledged and its unjustified degrading by honey standards of the western Apis mellifera is exposed. Sustainable keeping of indigenous bees for honey production in Asia must gain more momentum! The knowledge and aware ness disseminated by this book will undoubtedly help to protect native honey bees and their habitats in Borneo and elsewhere!
Contributed by 66 of most important names in the field of beekeeping from 32 countries. The book covers various topics, such as the history of bees, bee products, the importance of continuous education of beekeepers, the importance of bees and reasons for their endangerment in certain parts of the world. It describes various types of beekeeping around the world, but also apitherapy and apitourism that have developed especially in the recent period. The book also describes the significance of bees in religion and how bees can serve as an example of an exemplary life centred around values. It also contains a text on how beekeeping can help disabled people.
The purpose of the book is to raise awareness about the dependence of people on bees and nature. Thus, the book speaks to every individual, community or company and shows them how they can contribute to better conditions for the survival of bees.
The purpose of this text is to introduce beekeepers, people considering keeping bees and those interested in processing and marketing, to the large diversity of products this can be derived from beekeeping for income generation. The publication describes each category of products (Including cosmetics) derived from basic bee products such as honey, pollen, wax, propolis, royal jelly, venom and adult and larval honeybees; for each category it provides information about history, product quality and marketing and a few selected recipes. A detailed bibliography, a list of equipment suppliers, equivalents for conversion of weights and Codex Allimentarius standards for honey are given In the annexes.
“Gene Kritsky’s charming book is like Extreme Makeover Home Edition for honey bees. For over 10,000 years, humans have tried to design accommodations for the world’s most useful insect that not only take into account the bees’ remarkable sophisticated behaviour but also allow human landlords to help themselves to the products of their industry. Engagingly written, thoroughly engrossed, and gorgeously illustrated, this book offers a uniquely entertaining and thought-provoking perspective on the long standing partnership between honey bees and humans.” – May R. Berenbaum, Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.’The Quest for the Perfect Hive’ is the perfect read for beekeepers and others interested in the history of honey bee ‘domestication’ – a fascinating walk through our history with one of the word’s most beneficial and useful organisms. Gene Kritsky has compiled an amazing story of our relationship with the honey bee.” – Ric Bessin, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky.