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Understanding Bee Anatomy: A Full Colour Guide Paperback – 15 Oct 2012
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Understanding Bee Anatomy aims to do two things, to explain the structure of this fascinating insect and, through stunning images, to reveal the intricate detail. Dr Stell has applied his knowledge of the human body in describing the honeybee, system by system. The book starts with a chapter on the developmental stages, showing the internal changes taking place from the egg, to the larva then the pupa. It includes chapters on all body parts, wings and flight structures, the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems and finishes with chapters on the queen and the drone. The anatomy is explained in clear colour diagrams and illustrated with over six hundred high-quality photographs. These include electron micrographs, close-up images, high-power stained sections (histology) and other techniques. This concise but readable book is perfect for the BBKA exams in bee biology. It is also a valuable resource for any beekeeper wanting to understand his insects better, or any student or scientist working in this area.
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Those beekeepers who are looking for a guide to the practicalities of dissection and how to use the microscope will, however, be disappointed; they probably ought to stick to Dade's book.
Also, some might find the book's title misleading, I don't know why it wasn't called "Understanding Honey Bee Anatomy", although I'm sure that the general principles can be extended to other examples of the Apidae.
In summary, this is an outstanding achievement by someone who manages to keep bees as well as working full time as an A&E consultant. He shows a deep understanding and love of his subject which he manages to convey to the reader. For those with an interest in this field of study, this book is well worth the price tag.