BEES: A Natural History
by Christopher OToole
2013, 240 pages, 125 color photographs. The vital role of bees in human ecology is underlined by the estimate that every third mouthful of human food is dependent on the pollinating services of bees. Only recently have biologists discovered that human survival is inextricably linked to the survival of insects, specifically, bees. Today the 16-20,000 species of bees play vital roles in human ecology through the life-sustaining network of bee-plant relationships. This book immerses readers into the world of bees, their diversity of form and behavior. Written by an internationally recognized entomologist and specialist in bees, the books topics include:
This beautifully illustrated volume will be welcomed by entomologists, students and all naturalist readers. Plastic-laminated hardcover with jacket; 8-1/2 x 11. About the author – Entomologist, author and speaker Christopher OToole works at the Hope Entomological Collections, Oxford University Museum of Natural History. He has been a scientific consultant to many television projects as well as to the film Angels & Demons. Excerpts from the Reviews – “There are more species of bees than there are of birds and mammals combined. Although readers are familiar with the highly social honeybees and bumblebees, the majority of the worlds bees are solitary (or nonsocial). OToole), an entomologist and bee expert, introduces readers to a sample of the worlds 20,000 bee species in this beautiful new book. Though honeybees and their long term associations with humans are covered, the strength of the book is in its introduction of the rest of the kinds of bees. We learn of mason bees, euglossine bees, carpenter bees, and sweat bees. The lifestyle of the solitary bees, in which a female provides food for her developing offspring but does not directly care for them, is contrasted with the various stages of sociality in different species. The illustrations alone sell the book, with marvelous close-ups of a bees compound eyes and pollen-covered bees in flowers. The many appendixes and a large bibliography make this an informative introduction.” Booklist “Bees are diverse, beautiful, exciting, and worth watching, studying, and conserving, according to entomologist OToole. This works oversize, macrophotographs go beyond images of pretty pollinators to show us larvae, pupae, and nests.” Library Journal
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