Books about bumblebees
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.
Sladen’s The Humble Bee: It’s life-history and how to domesticate it, originally published in 1912, was the first monograph on bumblebees to appear in the English language. It is by any measure a classic work. With unfailing enthusiasm Sladen weaves together the strands of a simple story of natural history and those of profound scholarship. Young, old, novice or expert – everyone can enjoy sharing Sladen’s delight in his subject.It contains descriptions of both Bombus and Psithyrus, together with accounts of their life histories. There are numerous illustrations and photographs by the author as well as five colour plates. It is, in short, the pioneering work that justifies Sladen’s role as the father of bumblebee research. Even today, with so much more still to be learnt, The Humble Bee remains required reading for anyone embarking on a serious study of one of Britain’s most appealing native insects
More than ever before, there is a widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems. Bumble Bees of North America is the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with colour photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions.The book draws on the latest molecular research, shows the enormous colour variation within species, and guides readers through the many confusing convergences between species. It draws on a large repository of data from museum collections and presents state-of-the-art results on evolutionary relationships, distributions, and ecological roles. Illustrated keys allow identification of colour morphs and social casts.A landmark publication, Bumble Bees of North America sets the standard for guides and the study of these important insects.
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.