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.
Table of Contents
|1||What Are Bees?||10|
|2||The Families of Bees and Where They Live||22|
|3||Background to the Solitary Life||34|
|8||Other Solitary Bees||91|
|9||The Road to Sociality||97|
|10||The Highly Social Bees||112|
|11||Bees and Flowers||128|
|12||Unlikely Partners: Bees and Orchids||143|
|13||The Male of the Species||154|
|14||Enemies and Associates||171|
|Guide to Further Reading||187|