by Oliver E Prŷs-Jones and Sarah A Corbet
Plates by Tony Hopkins and foreword by Mark Avery
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.
Preface to the third edition
Distribution and recognition
The natural history of true bumblebees (Bombus)
Nests and their establishment in captivity
Cuckoo bumblebees Bombus (Psithyrus), parasites and nest associates
Threats, conservation and commercial use
-Chart A. Is the specimen a true bumblebee, or a cuckoo bumblebee, or neither?
-Quick-Check Key to common species
-I: Female true bumblebees Bombus
-II: Male true bumblebees Bombus
-III: Female cuckoo bumblebees Bombus (Psithyrus)
-IV: Male cuckoo bumblebees Bombus (Psithyrus)
Approaches to original work: techniques and web resources
Further reading and references
sixth-form, undergraduate, postgraduate, field centre, ecological consultant, wildlife trust, conservation volunteer
bumblebees, bees, hymenoptera, entomology, taxonomy, identification, ecology, conservation
About the authors
OP-J 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.
SAC 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.
"One of the strengths of this guide is that it encouraqes the field study of bumblebees and suqgests ways of going about it. lt is good to see it back again, for a new generation and with a new publisher." --Peter Marren, British Wildlife