Publications on science issues
Winner of the Pulitzer prize for the ants. This book as Sir David Attenborough said is a monumental and revelatory insight into one of the great wonders of the world, Social insects are reasserting themselves now as species of crucial importance to the environment. Holldobler and Wilson tells their story with unsurpassed insight and eloquence. The book is as thoroughly written as it is a delight to read. This is a title strongly recommended by Keith Delaplane, a key speaker at the recent Stoneleigh BBKA Convention. It is broader in its approach than The Buzz about Bees in that it covers ants and leaf cutter bees as well as honey bees and also gives more technical depth.
This book is based on a lecture “Honeybee Anatomy” which was first given at the BBKA Spring Convention 2009 held at Stoneleigh. It provides a close up look at the external and internal structures of the honeybee. The majority of the photos were taken using a digital camera mounted on a trinocular dissection microscope. Dissection of the bee to study the internal anatomy has to be carried out with the bee immersed in dissection fluid which provides support for the soft internal organs. Dissection is not a difficult skill to acquire but it does require patience and steady hands. The techniques are fully described in the excellent book by H. A. Dade “Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee”.