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Ecology and Natural History of Tropical Bees

Ecology and Natural History of Tropical Bees

by David W. Roubik (Editor)


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Describes the prominent themes in the ecology, natural history, and evolution of bees, and includes discussions on pollinating behavior, natural enemies, reproduction, social behavior, and maintenance of the diversity of tropical communities. This book is the first to draw together these themes, and covers topics as varied as the evolution of obligate sociality and the reproductive diversity of tropical flowering plants. There are many new examples from the author's research on pollination ecology, mimicry, mutualism, coevolution, and competition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521429092
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/29/1992
Series: Cambridge Tropical Biology Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 526
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I. Introduction: 1. Approaches to tropical bee biology; 2. Diversity of tropical bees; Part II. Foraging and Pollination: 3. Resources gathered by bees; 4. Mechanisms of resource collection; 5. Foraging and flight activity; 6. Pollination ecology; Part III. Nesting and Reproduction Biology: 7. Bee nests; 8. Nest predators, associates and defense; 9. Mating and brood production; Part IV. Community Ecology: 10. Seasonality, abundance and flower preference; 11. Composition of bee assemblages; 12. Roles of bees in communities; References; Index; Appendices.

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