In Britain and Ireland there are about ten times more species of solitary bee than bumblebee and honeybee combined, yet the solitary bees tend to be ignored and we know much less about them. They are a fascinating, attractive and diverse group that can be found easily in a wide range of habitats, both urban and rural, and they are important as pollinators. Solitary bees provides an introduction to the natural history, ecology and conservation of solitary bees, together with an easy-to-use key to genera. Chapters cover: Diversity and recognition; Bee lives; Cuckoos in the nest; Bees and flowers; The conservation of solitary bees; Approaches to practical work; Keys to the genera of bees of the British Isles - Females and Males; and References and further reading.
"This book will be familiar to anyone who knows the Naturalists’ Handbooks, as it gives beginners a good grasp of the topic, in a simplifed and engaging manner. It is not a complete identifcation guide, although a key to British genera and clear line drawings are included (some microscopy will be needed to use the key fully). The value of having only half of the identifcation process can be debated, but I think that it fts the purpose of the series, that of helping enthusiasts to learn to walk before they can run. Benton is a patient and careful observer and it is diffcult to convey in a book the level of care that is needed to make accurate observations about insects confned in a glass tube, or maybe temporarily subdued for a photograph to be taken. As stated at the start, this book is primarily not about identifcation but, rather, about encouraging the study of these fascinating insects, and in that respect it succeeds admirably." – Adrian Knowles.
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