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Bumblebee Economics

By: Bernd Heinrich
245 pages, Col plates, b/w photos, illus, figs
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Bumblebee Economics
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  • Bumblebee Economics ISBN: 9780674016392 Paperback Dec 2004 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
  • Bumblebee Economics ISBN: 9780674085817 Paperback Dec 1979 Out of Print #26535
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Survival for the bumblebee depends on its ability to regulate body temperature, and Heinrich addresses this management of energy resources in his discussions of physiology, behaviour, and ecological interaction. In his new preface, Heinrich summarises findings from his and others' continuing investigations since the first publication in 1979.


Preface 2004 Introduction 1. The Colony Cyclev 2. Economy of the Colony 3. The Flight Machine and Its Temperature 4. Warming Up 5. Heating the Nest 6. The Heat Transfer System 7. Juggling Costs and Benefits 8. Commuting and Foraging Movements 9. Foraging Optimization by Individual Initiative 10. Competition between Species 11. Pollination and Energetics 12. Ecology and Coevolution Summary Appendix A: How to Rear Bumblebees Appendix B: The Bumblebees of North America References Index

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Bernd Heinrich is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Vermont. He has written several memoirs of his life in science and nature, including One Man's Owl, and Ravens in Winter. Bumblebee Economics was twice a nominee for the American Book Award in Science, and A Year in the Maine Woods won the 1995 Rutstrum Authors' Award for Literary Excellence.
By: Bernd Heinrich
245 pages, Col plates, b/w photos, illus, figs
Welcome reissue of Heinrich's classic
Media reviews
This is a remarkable and rewarding book, complementary to, yet in some respects going far beyond, its predecessors. It is highly recommended. -- Caryl P. Haskins New York Times Book Review Extraordinary...the implications of work such as Heinrich's seem to me more resonant than the promise of a rich harvest of new research. -- Fred Hapgood Harper's Magazine A magnificent book that combines the best of both writing and science...Heinrich has performed a masterful job of sharing his personal research efforts and those of others in his field. He has written an extremely interesting book and in the process has shown how one kind of organism can be used as a model to investigate behavior, physiology, ecology and evolution. Bumblebee Economics should serve as a model for good scientific writing. -- Matthew M. Douglas Quarterly Review of Biology Heinrich is the author of several notable books about nature. This one, first published in 1979, is a classic, a fascinating, readable study of life as organized (sort of) by a most endearing little creature. A new preface summarizes findings of the last quarter-century. A splendid work. Globe and Mail 20041218
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