- Identification key to solitary bee genera
- The biology and ecology of solitary bees
- Practical guidance to watching and studying solitary bees
- Excellent photographs, mostly taken by the author himself, combine with the descriptions to make a very attractive and readable book, while comprehensive keys to all our bee genera make it a useful research tool for professionals and students alike.
- solitary bees
In Britain and Ireland there are about ten times more species of solitary bee than bumblebee and honeybee combined, yet the solitary bees tend to be ignored and we know much less about them. They are a fascinating, attractive and diverse group that can be found easily in a wide range of habitats, both urban and rural, and they are important as pollinators.
Solitary bees provides an introduction to the natural history, ecology and conservation of solitary bees, together with an easy-to-use key to genera.
Chapters cover: Diversity and recognition; Bee lives; Cuckoos in the nest; Bees and flowers; The conservation of solitary bees; Approaches to practical work; Keys to the genera of bees of the British Isles - Females and Males; and References and further reading.
ReadershipSixth-form, undergraduate, postgraduate, field centre, ecological consultant, wildlife trust, conservation volunteer
Table of Contents
2 Diversity and recognition
3 Bee lives
4 Cuckoos in the nest
5 Bees and flowers
6 The conservation of solitary bees
7 Approaches to practical work
8 Keys to the genera of bees of the British Isles
9 References and further reading
- Already well known for his comprehensive and highly acclaimed book on our bumblebees, Ted Benton has now turned his attention their solitary cousins – insects that we see all around us without knowing much about them or even knowing what they are. We have over 200 species in Britain and Ted’s detailed descriptions of many of the commoner species and their diverse life styles and habitats will surely open up a whole new world of natural history and make the reader much more aware of these fascinating and extremely useful insects. Excellent photographs, mostly taken by the author himself, combine with the descriptions to make a very attractive and readable book, while comprehensive keys to all our bee genera make it a useful research tool for professionals and students alike – a good starting point for more in-depth studies. —Michael Chinery
- As soon as I read the introduction, I knew it would be an informative factual guide, yet written in Benton’s warm accessible style - despite his obvious authority in his subject. —Amanda, BuzzAboutBees.net
About the Author
Ted Benton is emeritus professor of sociology at University of Essex, where he has pioneered the integration of ecological understanding with social theory. He has been an active field naturalist since childhood, and is author or co-author of eight books on entomological topics, in addition to his academic publications and a recent book on Alfred Russel Wallace. His two books in the New Naturalist series (Bumblebees (2006) and Grasshoppers and Crickets (2012)) have both been highly praised. He is hon. President of Colchester Natural History Society, a founder member of the Red-Green Study Group and is involved in environmental campaigning.
- 208 pages
- 176 colour figures, 65 b&w figures
- BISAC NAT017000, SCI070020, SCI025000
- BIC PSVT7, WNCN, PSVS, TVHH