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Field Guide to the Bumblebees of Great Britain and Ireland (Country & Garden Conservation) [Paperback]

Mike Edwards , Martin Jenner
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Feb 2005 Country & Garden Conservation
FIRST COMPREHENSIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC FIELD GUIDE ON BUMBLEBEES: 108 pages, over 90 colour photographs including both sexes of all 22 currently known species.

QUICK IDENTIFICATION CHART : 3 step way to identifying bumblebees.

GARDENS AND BUMBLEBEES: how to attract bumblebees to your garden including tables of bumblebee garden plants for all seasons and bumblebee wildflowers for all seasons, and how to provide nesting habitats.

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Ocelli Limited (Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954971302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954971304
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little book 1 Sep 2005
By amadou
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You will find yourself running around the garden chasing bees book in hand. Identificaton is not easy but this book tells you all you need to know about the range of species you are likely to encounter.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very informative easy to follow guide 6 April 2005
This guide informs you with a litle background on bubmlebees and their life history as well as the cuckoo bumblebee.
It tells you how to distinguish the true bumblebee from the cuckoo bumblebee and males from females.
There is 22 species described in total. 16 true bumblebees and 6 cuckoo bumblebees.
The color pattern cross reference chart together with the comments and then the information on the species specific pages gives you a good chance to make a right identification of the most species. It works well and is very fast after you've learn't it.
Every species has its own page where there are fotos of both the male and female and their different color pattern on thorax and abdomen. Symboles shows you in which habitat it thrive, when they emerged (or can be seen), the head shape and an distribution map. Then you can read more on how it looks, color variations, similar species and how to distinguish them, distribution, where they nest and on which flower they feed.
The color fotos are nice but don't help you much with the identification. I like drawings better. There is no key either but the cross reference table works fine with bumblebees.
In the end there are also how to promote the bumblebee in your garden with plants they like.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Bumblee identification 18 Jun 2011
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Revised Edition

The Book claims to describe 25 species, but only 23 species are described in detail. For each species the following information is provided: colour photograph of male and female in natural habitat, colour code of stripes for identification, appearance, variability, similar species, distribution and biology, nests, flower visits, icons for habitats, flight times for males and females, distribution map, and face size.
The contents of the book are (main headings only):
9 Introduction
13 Life History
27 Identifying Bumblebees
42 Quick Identification Chart
44 Photographs and species account
91 Gardening and bumblebees
97 Going Further
105 Table of names for bumblebee species
107 Useful addresses
108 Further reading

There are a number of disappoints with the book
1) No index - this is a serious omission by the publishers. The only way to find a specific species is to go the quick identification chart, or to search through the book.
2) English names are not with each species, but contained in a table towards the rear of the book. However, don't expect to find the "Tree Bumblebee" as you'll need to look elsewhere to find the Latin name.
3) Size range is not given for Queens, workers and males
4) Photographs - these could be better for identification purposes, as they are all feeding. The Field Studies Council produce better photographs of displayed specimens. Consequently identification has to be mainly by the colour codes.
5) Binding - the book is printed on thick paper, which does not make for easy searching. The cover is thin card with no plastic cover, hence the cover is likely to get damaged quickly, especially if taken into the field.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide 30 Aug 2009
By DaveP
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A really good book for experts and novices (like me!). Easy to understand and will definetly increase your knowledge of the humble bumble bee.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the bumblebee enthusiast 12 Feb 2010
Updates to the second edition include: a new species account for the soon-to-be-reintroduced Bombus subterraneus; the latest distribution maps; updated Conservation Action section, and revised Quick Identification Chart. A superb little book at a bargain price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good identification guide and beautiful pictures 11 Dec 2009
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I'm only a beginner when it comes to bumblebees. I'm confident though that this book, which combines a quick id chart with colour photographs of both sexes of all 25 species I'll be able to identify them. It also mentions the flowers or flower families a particular species would visit and gives simple advice as to how to attract them to your garden. Looking forward to February already!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Researching bees 3 Aug 2010
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With our population of species of bees disappearing in our environment, we need to know how important bees and other pollinating creatures are. Not many people know how dependant we are on these insects for our life. Without them, it has been noted that within a decade, humanity will be dying of stavation. This book gives information about the value of bees in our environment and is easy to understand. It is handy for when you go for walks and the more we can teach our youngsters and adults about their true worth, the better for us all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bee Guide 29 July 2010
Pity the spine is not spiral wire bound as the book will not lay flat.
Not easy to use in the field.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great help to identifying some some favorite insects
Bumblebees are not the easiest insects to identify; but Mr Edwards Field Guide is a great help. It starts with a good introduction to bumblebees and a guide as to how to go about... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by bw
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not what I expected
Published 8 days ago by Mr Paul Ashton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quite comprehensive and useful.
Published 10 days ago by W John Kinchin
4.0 out of 5 stars Field Guide to Bumblebees
My copy has photographs that are often dark but the outline and content of the book are a great help with identifying bees
Published 28 days ago by Mr. M. Nethercoat
1.0 out of 5 stars not very good
The photos aren't good enough and the other identification drawings and key illustrations don't really make up for this. Not a good buy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms V Barns
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best guide to Bumblebees you can buy.
I gave this book 5 stars because it is exactly what it said it would be. An excellent guide to Bumblebees for either the beginner or the expert with great photographs and an easy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Meers
5.0 out of 5 stars Bees Knees
A great book for discovering the different species of bee that visit our gardens. Lots of description and pictures are a help too.
Published 3 months ago by Mark S
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome little book
- Small handy size
- Great colour chart to read off
- Great paper spread with males on one side and females the other - quick reference! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Flicker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I have really been pleased with this book. I bought it as a present and the person who received it is very pleased with it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms. Julie Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Our native bumble bees.
Have looked for a book on these lovely garden helpers for a long time and am so pleased I came across this one. Very educational.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Peter Leavers
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