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Field Guides & Natural History  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Bees, Ants & Wasps (Hymenoptera)

The Bumblebee Book A Guide to Britain & Ireland's Bumblebees

Flora / Fauna
By: Nick Owens(Author), Dave Goulson(Foreword By)
186 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
Publisher: NatureBureau
NHBS
A richly illustrated photographic introduction to all of the UK's 27 bumblebee species, this book is as much a fauna as it is a textbook on bumblebee biology.
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  • The Bumblebee Book ISBN: 9781874357988 Hardback Oct 2020 In stock
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The Bumblebee Book offers an easy introduction for those new to bumblebees and also provides the more experienced naturalist with a wealth of information about their fascinating lives. All 27 bumblebee species occurring in Britain and Ireland are illustrated by photographs showing their full range of variation, including the striking island races. Each species has a detailed description with up-to-date distribution maps and notes on the life cycle, flowers visited and habitats used. Further chapters include bumblebee flowers, collecting pollen, cuckoo bumblebees, colours, predation & mimicry, parasites, populations & dispersal and conservation. The Bumblebee Book brings together the author's field experience with current scientific knowledge of these fascinating insects. It is hoped that the book will inspire new generations of enthusiasts and encourage further studies of our beautiful and much-loved bumblebees.

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  • good text poor plates
    By Keith 30 Oct 2020 Written for Hardback
    The text seems to be very thorough but the plates are awful. The colour balance seems to be too red and the colours in general too garish.
    Pity otherwise a useful book.
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  • the best bumble bee guide yet !
    By Gary 26 Nov 2020 Written for Hardback
    An excellent guide written with passion and authority, a new benchmark for bumble bee guides.
    The images in the book are wonderfully produced and colourfully accurate making comparison between species an easier task.
    packed with good life history information and great distribution maps for each species with good sections on mimics, flowers used, pollen-collecting and parasites plus lots more.
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Flora / Fauna
By: Nick Owens(Author), Dave Goulson(Foreword By)
186 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
Publisher: NatureBureau
NHBS
A richly illustrated photographic introduction to all of the UK's 27 bumblebee species, this book is as much a fauna as it is a textbook on bumblebee biology.
Media reviews

"[...] This is a really engrossing read and an invaluable reference for any avid bumblebee spotter."
– Paul Hetherington , Atropos 68, 2021

"This is the latest book to enter the now relatively crowded marketplace of bumblebee guides, which may leave one wondering what it can offer to the more seasoned hymenopterist – read on! [...] The book is inevitably a blend of old and new: much of the basic species information will be old news to more seasoned students of bumblebees, but there is sufficient augmentation by the author’s own observations and thoughts to provide something for everyone in a very readable format."
– Adrian Knowles, British Wildlife 32(5), April 2021

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