Books about bumblebees
Celebrating Bees Stamps Cover. Set of 6 signed by BBC Nature Presenter Chris Packham
‘Celebrating Bees’ first day cover with full-set of 2015 Bees Stamps and special ‘Honeybourne’ postmark. This cover has been signed by BBC Nature Presenter Chris Packham, very few remain!
2015 Limited Edition ‘Bees’ First Day Cover. The UK’s leading first day cover producer Buckingham Covers worked alongside ‘The Beekeepers Association’ to produce this stunning cover which bears the full-set of six stamps, each depicting a different bee. It also has a special Beekeepers postmark.
Limited Edition ‘Bees’ First Day Cover which uses the stamps from the 2015 Royal Mail miniature sheet. This beautiful cover also has a special ‘British Bees, Honeysett Road’ postmark.
This extensively illustrated volume is a guide to the 270 species of bees in Britain. It will certainly establish itself as the key volume in this area of interest. The volume will allow readers to identify all of the bees in Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands. It provides the latest information on ecology, status and distribution and furnishes colour illustrations and photographs that cover an impressive proportion of the species.
The county of Kent has the highest diversity of bumblebee species in the UK. This book aims to provide a comprehensive guide to bumblebee ecology and offers an inclusive introduction to their identification. It discusses the importance of bumblebees, their decline and how we can help. It also includes detailed descriptions of bumblebee ecology and anatomy, followed by identification of each species present in Kent and their distribution. This volume will be of great importance to all interested in bumblebees – not just those who live in the Garden of England.
This is a facsimile of the original, much sort of and very expensive, 1975 edition, but without any of the original plates. The originals were of very poor definition and considerably better reproduction are presently available. For example the descriptive booklet at £2.50 or the Field Guide by Edwards and Jenner and the most excellent facsimile of Sladen. Dr Alfords work provides an overall and up to date picture of the existing (1975) knowledge of the natural history of these fascinating and enigmatic insects.
Bumblebees are familiar and charismatic insects, occurring throughout much of the world. They are increasingly being used as a model organism for studying a wide range of ecological and behavioural concepts, such as social organisation, optimal foraging theories, host-parasite interactions, and pollination. Recently they have become a focus for conservationists due to mounting evidence of range contractions and catastrophic extinctions with some species disappearing from entire continents (e.g in North America). Only by improving our understanding of their ecology can we devise sensible plans to conserve them. The role of bumblebees as invasive species (e.g Bombus terrestrials in Japan) has also become topical with the growing trade in commercial bumblebee nests for tomato pollination leading to the establishment of non-native bumblebees in a number of countries.Sine the publication of the first edition of the book, there have been hundreds of research papers published on bumblebees. There is clearly a continuing need for an affordable, well-illustrated, and appealing text that makes accessible all of the major advances in understanding of the behaviour and ecology of bumblebees that have been made in the last 30 years. Bumblebees is aimed at students, researchers, and interested amateurs. Technical jargon has been kept to a minimum and sufficient background information given to enable anyone to follow the text without difficulty.
Bumblebees are popular and well-loved insects. Yet, surprisingly, the majority of people know little or nothing about them. Over the last two decades, populations of some of the rarer species have seriously declined, and even the commoner ones are no longer as numerous as they once were. This has given cause for alarm since they are important pollinators of wild and garden flowers, fruit trees ad some crops. Bumblebees population have crashed for a number of reasons and we need to know more about these fascinating insects. This guide is for people from all works of life and aims to create a greater awareness and knowledge of bumblebees.• How to identify the majority of bumble species in the world.• Easy-to-use quick identification chart.• 25 species described, with colour photographs of both sexes, plus life history.• Cross-referencing system with symbols to help more accurate identification in the field.• Habitat requirements for conservation action and how to attract bumblebees to your garden.
This book is based on presentations made by a number of experts at a symposium organised by the I.B.R.A. It deals with the importance of bumble bees, bumble bees at home and at school, their role as pollinators, both in nature and the glasshouse and the commercial rearing of bumble bees.