Bees of the World

Bees of the World

by Christopher O'Toole, Anthony Raw

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Bees of the World by Christopher O'Toole, Anthony Raw

The diversity of lifestyle, behavior, and life cycles that bees possess, makes the task of creating a well-rounded reference about them a daunting one. However, Bees of the World presents comprehensive coverage of bee species from around the world in an engaging format.

The first chapter answers the question What are bees? Next, the different families and distribution of bees are discussed. The expert authors then describe the solitary bees, with chapters on miners, masons, leaf-cutters, and carpenters. The development of social bees follows. Chapters on bees and flowers and orchids and male bees give the reader insight into the intricacies of these creatures' lives. The history of association between humans and bees, especially the honeybee Apis mellifera, is also included. Bees of the World is fully illustrated with detailed line drawings and stunning color photographs. Combined with readable text, this format provides an ideal reference source for professional naturalists and amateurs alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780713724721
Publisher: Blandford Press
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Series: Of the World Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
Acknowledgements8
1What Are Bees?10
2The Families of Bees and Where They Live22
3Background to the Solitary Life34
4Miners41
5Masons61
6Leaf-cutters77
7Carpenters83
8Other Solitary Bees91
9The Road to Sociality97
10The Highly Social Bees112
11Bees and Flowers128
12Unlikely Partners: Bees and Orchids143
13The Male of the Species154
14Enemies and Associates171
Glossary185
Guide to Further Reading187
Index189

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