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Both a field guide and reference work for entomologists and other workers in tropical and temperate areas. Summarises and interprets research from around the world on the diversity of bees, emphasizing their function within the tropical biota and including their interaction with human populations.
Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I. Introduction: 1. Approaches to tropical bee biology; 2. Diversity of tropical bees; Part II. Foraging and Pollination: 3. Resources gathered by bees; 4. Mechanisms of resource collection; 5. Foraging and flight activity; 6. Pollination ecology; Part III. Nesting and Reproduction Biology: 7. Bee nests; 8. Nest predators, associates and defense; 9. Mating and brood production; Part IV. Community Ecology: 10. Seasonality, abundance and flower preference; 11. Composition of bee assemblages; 12. Roles of bees in communities; References; Index; Appendices.
'It will be valued for its substantial and wide-ranging bibliography, as well as for the text, which is a carefully organised mosaic of sparkling fragments giving tempting glimpses of a relatively unexplored world.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution ' ! it should be on the shelves of anyone interested in bees, insects or the ecology of the tropics.' New Scientist