on 16 May 2012
This 70 page book is a delightful little read. It is remarkably well written and the author really does get his enthusiasm across - once i'd started reading, i didn't stop! The sections of the book are clear and nicely set out. There is a surprising amount of information for just 70 pages. I now look at bumblebees with interest and admiration. There is minimal scientific terminology and so this book is perfectly suited to anyone with an interest in bumblebees. Also, the descriptions given at the end of the book could not in themselves be used for accurate identification of bumblebees in the wild. However, if you wanted to be able to identify bumblebees in the wild, the Bumblebee Conservation website gives a useful guide of the 6 most common species.
on 13 August 2015
This is a clear and straightforward description of the life of bumblebees. Because it is a reprint of a book first published in 1978, some of the information about species is out of date. For example, it does not mention tree bees (Bombus hypnorum) which only migrated to the UK in the early 2000's. It also classes cuckoo bumblebees in the separate genus Psithyrus. They are now included as part of the Bombus genus. None of this should matter to the general reader who will find it an excellent introduction to the life cycle of one of the most valuable creatures on the planet.