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  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Richmond Publishing Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 0855462957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0855462956
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.2 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Smaller, gentler and less intimidating than the black and yellow social wasps, the solitary wasps are attractive because of their bright colours and their fascinating behaviour. A female wasp will construct a nest, excavating it from wood or sand or building it from mud. She provisions the nest with prey, hunting down a suitable creature, perhaps a caterpillar or a fly, which she will paralyse before dragging it home to the nest. She lays her egg on the paralysed prey, and the larva when it hatches feeds on the prey. On a sunny day it is easy to observe the apparently purposeful behaviour of female wasps as they prepare their nests and stock them with food for the next generation. New discoveries are made every year about the distribution and behaviour of British solitary wasps. This book offers ideas for investigations and describes techniques. It includes identification keys to the British species, together with a one page field guide and a guessing guide based on colour, prey type and nest type, to help wasp-watchers to identify their insects without killing them.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Thomas on 9 July 2013
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This is a handy guide to British solitary wasps, with well-explained keys which not only lead to species covered by the book but also tell you if your specimen has characters of taxa which are not covered. Keys have useful sketches alongside clarifying the critical characters at each stage, and there are general well-labelled diagrams of the wasps' anatomy, so aiding interested non-specialists. So far I've used the book effectively to identify one little wasp which was demolishing (little by little) some of the wood on our house. One of the reviewers complained that the black-&-white illustrations were not useful, but (in fairness) these illustrations are still useful (in my view): species on plates 5 & 6 are in genera which key out (p24) as "body all black"; genera on b&w plates 7 & 8 key out (p24-25) as "body black & [yellow, red or white]", but the illustrations are still useful for the body shapes & proportions, and still show (as white) the regions which are coloured. As there is so little around to aid in identification of British or European insects, I'm glad this book is available!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Holden on 3 Oct. 2012
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There's not a great deal of accessible information out there about most groups of hymenoptera, so this little book is a useful starting point. The colour illustrations are good, but unfortunately I found the ones in black and white to be almost useless. Please make the next edition full colour even if it puts the price up! That would earn it at least one extra star.
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