Few insects are more important than bees, wasps, and ants. They maintain the garden’s biological balance, fertilize vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and recycle nutrients within the soil. It’s no exaggeration to say that a garden can’t be understood without an understanding of its insects. Bees, Wasps, and Ants explores the importance of the Hymenoptera and explains how gardeners can encourage (or discourage) them in the garden. Part One includes a summary of their biology and a tour of what role they play in each part of the garden. Part Two takes a closer look at the individual groups within the family, including sawflies, horntails, woodwasps, parasitic wasps, predatory wasps, bees, and ants. This book is only available through print on demand. All interior art is black and white.
|Publisher:||Timber Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Eric Grissell received his doctorate in entomology from the University of California, Davis and served as a research entomologist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and the U. S. Department of Agriculture at the National Museum of Natural History. He has published extensively in science journals and on topics of botany, horticulture, and gardening. He work earned the Garden Writers Association Garden Globe Award for Best Talent in Writing and recognition from the American Horticultural Society.
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Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Grissell writes in an easy and conversational style. The first part is a nice overview of hymenoptera followed by a second part that goes into some detail of the groups with several chapters on wasps. The last chapter is one ants and except for one error (Grissell claims that Pogonomyrmex maricopa is only found in Arizona - -they are found in several states, see Taber's book on the genus) and that he neglects the other seed harvesting ant genera, such as Messor, this is a good overview of the importance of ants. Grissell also notes useful books in the chapters and has a list of families and their larval feeding habits, websites, and references.
This book is very informative and the author has a wonderful sense of humor. If it wasn't for his clever wit, this tome may be a little boring since there are so many kinds of hymenoptera, and so many exceptions to the proverbial rule. One thing that is sometimes lost in the minutia is the important role these insects play in our gardens. Towards the end of each section on these important animals should be an emphasis on how they play an important role in habitats since one can get lost in the details of these complex creatures and lose the lesson that they are sometimes key to the natural pest management that is an important alternative to insectides and other artificial means of reducing pest populations. This book should rank as highly important to any serious organic gardener wishing to understand the natural processes occuring in their plots everyday.