Ian Stell's new anatomy book helps to fill the gap left by the other three publications available on the subject. It tackles this task with the help of excellent, mostly full colour photographs, and with many very good and full colour graphics and drawings. They illustrate and the text describes accurately all three castes, both sexes of the insect, from the moment an egg is laid, through the developmental stages, to adults. Each body part and most functions are dealt with individually and in great detail. This rather slender and very affordable book is not a big tome destined to adorn a coffee table, but will probably be the essential, informative textbook for any student of the insect, whether a keen hobbyist beekeeper, or a professional scientist.