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An indispensable guide to identification, ecology and study of bumblebees. This new edition embraces the wealth of information published on bumblebee life history, ecology, foraging, parasites and conservation in recent years. It includes a new chapter on the very real threats to bumblebees; their crucial role as pollinators of our native flora and crops; ways to promote their survival; advantages and problems posed by their commercial use; as well as updated colour plates, keys and distribution maps of all British species (including Bombus hypnorum).

The book introduces techniques and approaches to original work so that anyone with an interest can usefully contribute to furthering our understanding and appreciation of these wonderful and important insects.
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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 10.16mm | 305g
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • Figures; Illustrations, black and white; 16 Plates, color
  • 1907807063
  • 9781907807060
  • 885,164

Table of contents

Introduction; Distribution and recognition; The natural history of true bumblebees (Bombus); Nests and their establishment in captivity; Cuckoo bumblebees Bombus (Psithyrus), parasites and nest associates; Foraging behaviour; Threats, conservation and commercial use; Identification; Approaches to original work: techniques and web resources; Further reading and references; Synonymy; Index; Distribution maps
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One of the strengths of this guide is that it encouraqes the field study of bumblebees and suqgests ways of going about it. It is good to see it back again, for a new generation and with a new publisher. -- Peter Marren * British Wildlife *
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About Oliver E. Prys-Jones

Oliver Prys-Jones studied zoology at the University of St. Andrews and furthered a long term interest in bumblebees and their life histories with doctoral and research fellowship studies at the University of Cambridge. He subsequently qualified in medicine at Liverpool University and remains absorbed by bumblebees while working as a medical practitioner in North Wales.

Sarah Corbet has taught entomology and ecology in London University and the University of Cambridge. Her research interest is in pollination ecology, with a special focus on bumblebees.
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