- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: Ocelli Limited (Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0954971302
- ISBN-13: 978-0954971304
- Package Dimensions: 18.6 x 11 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Field Guide to the Bumblebees of Great Britain and Ireland (Country & Garden Conservation) Paperback – 1 Feb 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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):
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lovely book to gain information about our wonderful bees. A bit pricey I thought at 11.99, but none the less an informative little book with good illustrations.Published 9 months ago by jan
interesting book - actually bought for illustrations/ photo's of bumble bees to drawPublished 10 months ago by janice
Working outdoors I needed a guide this is one of the clearest and easy to use ones I have found and pocket size very usefulPublished 21 months ago by cris james
Good guide for those who are just curious about the insects they are looking at.Published 22 months ago by Brian Pearson
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