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The Humble-Bee: Its Life-History and How to Domesticate it, with Descriptions of All the British Species of Bombus and Psithyrus

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Zoology

By: Frederick William Lambert Sladen(Author)

287 pages, 4 plates with b/w photos; 35 b/w photos and illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2014 | #215257 | ISBN-13: 9781108075725
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A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

This classic work by F. W. L. Sladen (1876-1921) was published in 1912. Captivated by the bees in the grounds of his home, he produced his first essay on them in 1892, and later began to keep bees and produce honey as a livelihood, at the same time studying and breeding honeybees. Moving in 1912 to Canada, he eventually received the title of Dominion Apiarist, but unfortunately his work was cut short by his sudden death in 1921. When The Humble-Bee was published, there were no detailed accounts of the life cycles of the humble-bee (or bumblebee) species. Sladen provides these, with a guide to distinguishing the different British species (with colour plates which can be viewed at, and instructions on how to domesticate these important pollinators. Combining the enthusiasm of a naturalist with the precision of a scientist, The Humble-Bee is of continuing interest and importance in environmental studies.



1. Introduction
2. Life-history of Bombus
3. Psithyrus, the usurper-bee
4. Parasites and enemies of the humble-bee
5. Finding and taking nests
6. A humble-bee house
7. Domestication of the humble-bee
8. How to distinguish the British species
9. On making a collection
10. Anecdotes and notes

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