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Bumblebees: 6 (Naturalists' Handbook) [Paperback]

Oliver E. Prys-Jones , Sarah A. Corbet , Tony Hopkins
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1 Jun 2011 Naturalists' Handbook
An indispensable guide to identification, ecology and study of bumblebees. This new edition embraces the wealth of information published on bumblebee life history, ecology, foraging, parasites and conservation in recent years. It includes a new chapter on the very real threats to bumblebees; their crucial role as pollinators of our native flora and crops; ways to promote their survival; advantages and problems posed by their commercial use; as well as updated colour plates, keys and distribution maps of all British species (including Bombus hypnorum). The book introduces techniques and approaches to original work so that anyone with an interest can usefully contribute to furthering our understanding and appreciation of these wonderful and important insects.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pelagic Publishing; 3 edition (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907807063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907807060
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The newly released 3rd edition of Bumblebees, number 6 of the Naturalists Handbooks series for ecology and identification by Pelagic Publishing, is a phenomenal resource. Focused on British bumblebees, this book is full of information about all aspects of the ecology of bumblebees which makes it a valuable resource for readers in any location. It s a book which is not overburdened with too much scientific data (although much is referenced), but still packs in a great deal of information, this book is very useful. I recently researched bumblebees for an Urban Species Profile and I wish I d had this book then because it contains all of the information I had to gather from many different resources. --Kelly Brenner at The Metropolitan Field Guide

...it really is THE book on bumblebees that you need whether you are an expert or a novice --Mark Avery

Having informed and taught the reader with much skillfully packaged knowledge the remainder of the book goes into greater detal on identification and even points the way to approaches for original work. Backing up these pointers with an exhaustive list of web resources and further reading. An essential book for anyone who has enjoyed the sight and sound of a bumblebee in their garden. --Bee World, Sept. 2011

If you've never looked at a Naturalists' Handbook then you're missing a treat. The 29 books in the series, primarily on various British insect groups, are designed to provide the amateur investigator with everything they need to know to make their own original contributions to science. The series was originally published by Cambridge University Press, then Richmond and the Company of Biologists, gradually going into decline until revitalised by Pelagic Publishing. One of the first books they've produced is this third edition of Bumblebees. Even if you've no professional interest in these furry little things, have you ever sat in the garden and wondered what they're up to? In 130 pages you are led through their natural history, foraging behaviour, uses to humans and their conservation problems in very simple (but far from simplistic) language, concentrating on the 6 common species (out of our current 24) and the 6 parasitic 'cuckoo' bumblebees. Uniquely, there is also a chapter on raising them all in captivity for study. To do this, you need to know which species is which and there is a lovely chapter on identification with keys, notes on the bits of morphology that help, distribution maps and a particularly useful 'Quick-check key' to the commoner species based mainly on thorax and 'tail' colour - even I could make it work in a few minutes in the garden. This is backed up by the high quality colour plates with drawings of each species that are a superb feature of these handbooks. The final chapter gives suggestions for independent study from sampling stomach contents to looking at the pollen they carry to recording distributions. A wonderful book to read, use and enjoy; and top marks to Pelagic Publishing for revitalising this invaluable series. --Peter Thomas, The Bulletin Dec 2011, British Ecological Society

About the Author

OP-J studied zoology at the University of St. Andrews and furthered a long term interest in bumblebees and their life histories with doctoral and research fellowship studies at the University of Cambridge. He subsequently qualified in medicine at Liverpool University and remains absorbed by bumblebees while working as a medical practitioner in North Wales. SAC has taught entomology and ecology in London University and the University of Cambridge. Her research interest is in pollination ecology, with a special focus on bumblebees.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bumblebees Naturalist handbook 13 Dec 2011
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This is a fantastic book for anyone with more than a passing interest in British wildlife. The illustrations are brilliant and the prose is easy to understand and well written.I never realised the variety of types bumblebees and their importance in the food chain. With this book in hand you can easily identify individual species and understand better the behaviour of these adorable furry insects. Anyone with a love of the British countryside and its flora and fauna will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bumblebee knowledge 11 Nov 2012
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A wonderful book detailing the fascinating knowledge known (and what i'snt known) about bumblebees to date, including a section on how to study and add to that knowledge as well as an identification guide. Very informative and easy to read, i felt like an expert when i had finished, only one problem...remembering it all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice overview of Bumblebee behaviour 19 Mar 2013
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Great book for an overall picture of Bumplebee life cycles, habitats and behaviour. I was expecting more in the way of particular species ID/ characteristics but the central charts are very good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Non-existent bumblebee book so far 30 Jan 2014
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I don't hate it, but you have so far failed to send it to me! Though you have sent several reminders that you are still searching for it and will send it soon. I really want this book as it has been highly recommended particularly as an identification to the 27 varieties of bumblebee in Britain.
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