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The Contented BeeArtist/Author: Organic Gardener Magazine
All the buzz on keeping backyard bees – an informative and inspirational handbook full of advice, experience and stories from experts and enthusiasts.
With bees worldwide in deadly peril, Australians are keen to lend a helping hand. Keeping a hive or three has become a popular lifestyle trend – and it’s more achievable than you might think.
Whether you’re in the inner city, suburbs or on acreage, keeping bees can be easy, low-fuss and fun for the whole family to get involved in – imagine bottling your very own honey! This lively guide features inspirational experiences and gorgeous photos from scores of enthusiasts across Australia who have sweetened their lives by keeping bees. Practical chapters by a range of experts give the low-down on getting started, caring for your bees, harvesting your honey and wax (with recipes), troubleshooting, what to plant to help out your little workers, and great information on the popular option of keeping native stingless bees.
The Contented Bee will inspire you to help out the bees – and enrich your own life, too!
Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the FieldArtist/Author: Swan, Heather
Colony Collapse Disorder, ubiquitous pesticide use, industrial agriculture, habitat reduction – these are just a few of the issues causing unprecedented trauma in honeybee populations worldwide. In this artfully illustrated book, Heather Swan embarks on a narrative voyage to discover solutions to – and understand the sources of – the plight of honeybees.
Through a lyrical combination of creative nonfiction and visual imagery, Where Honeybees Thrive tells the stories of the beekeepers, farmers, artists, entomologists, ecologists, and other advocates working to stem the damage and reverse course for this critical pollinator. Using her own quest for understanding as a starting point, Swan highlights the innovative projects and strategies these groups employ. Her mosaic approach to engaging with the environment not only reveals the incredibly complex political ecology in which bees live – which includes human and nonhuman actors alike – but also suggests ways of comprehending and tackling a host of other conflicts between post-industrial society and the natural world. Each chapter closes with an illustrative full-colour gallery of bee-related artwork.
A luminous journey from the worlds of honey producers, urban farmers, and mead makers of the United States to those of beekeepers of Sichuan, China, and researchers in southern Africa, Where Honeybees Thrive traces the global web of efforts to secure a sustainable future for honeybees – and ourselves.
Bees of Australia: A Photographic ExplorationArtist/Author: Dorey, James
Discover the beauty and diversity of Australia’s native bees.
Bees are the darlings of the insect world. It is a joy to see these insects hard at work, peacefully buzzing from flower to flower. Many people recognise the worth of bees, as well as that they face multiple threats. But very few know about the diversity and importance of our native bee species. There are an estimated 2000 to 3000 bee species in Australia, yet we know very little about the vast majority of these and there are many that are yet to be described.
Bees of Australia introduces some of our incredible native bees, many of which, if you look closely, can be found in your own garden. Open this book wherever you like or read it from cover to cover. The combination of photography and contributions from some of Australia’s leading bee researchers allows anyone to become enthralled by our native bees. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking closer at every flower that you pass in search of our wonderful native bees.
Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of BeesArtist/Author: Hanson, Thor
A superb natural and cultural history of bees – the only such book to celebrate their full diversity.
In Buzz, the award-winning author of Feathers and The Triumph of Seeds takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again.
A Guide to Native Bees of AustraliaArtist/Author: Houston, Terry
Bees are often thought of as yellow and black striped insects that live in hives and produce honey. However, Australia’s abundant native bees are incredibly diverse in their appearance and habits. Some are yellow and black but others have blue stripes, are iridescent green or wasp-like. Some are social but most are solitary. Some do build nests with wax but others use silk or plant material, burrow in soil or use holes in wood and even gumnuts!
A Guide to Native Bees of Australia provides a detailed introduction to the estimated 2000 species of Australian bees. Illustrated with stunning photographs, it describes the form and function of bees, their life-cycle stages, nest architecture, sociality and relationships with plants. It also contains systematic accounts of the five families and 58 genera of Australian bees. Photomicrographs of morphological characters and identification keys allow identification of bees to genus level. Natural history enthusiasts, professional and amateur entomologists and beekeepers will find this an essential guide.
Insects: Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity, and World DominationArtist/Author: Rivers, David B.
Designed as an introduction to the intriguing world of insect biology, Insects: Evolutionary Success, Unrivaled Diversity, and World Domination examines familiar entomological topics in nontraditional ways. Author David B. Rivers gives important concepts relatable context through a pop culture lens, and he covers subjects that are not typical for entomology textbooks, including the impact of insects on the human condition, the sex lives of insects, why insects are phat but not fat, forensic entomology, and the threats that some insects pose to humanity.
Each chapter presents clear and concise key concepts, chapter reviews, review questions following Bloom’s taxonomy of learning, web links to videos and other resources, and breakout boxes (called Fly Spots) that capture student interest with unique and entertaining facts related to entomology. Focusing on both traditional and cutting-edge aspects of insect biology and packed with extensive learning resources, Insects covers a wide range of topics suitable for life science majors, as well as non-science students, including:
– the positive and negative influences of insects on everyday human life
– insect abundance
– insect classification (here presented in the context of social media)
– insect feeding, communication, defense, and sex
– how insects are responding to climate change
– forensic entomology
– how insects can be used as weapons of war
– how insects relate to national security
– why insects have wings
– how to read pesticide labels
Microsculpture: Portraits of InsectsArtist/Author: Biss, Levon
Microsculpture is a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification that celebrates the wonders of nature and science. Levon Biss’s photographs capture in breathtaking detail the beauty of the insect world and are printed in large-scale format to provide an unforgettable viewing experience. Each picture in Microsculpture is created from approximately 8,000 individual photographs. Segments of the specimen are lit and photographed separately, “stacked” to maintain sharp focus throughout, then combined into a single high-resolution file. The project has captured the attention of the world with features in WIRED and New Scientist.
Swift Guide to Butterflies of Mexico and Central America (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Glassberg, Jeffrey
This is a revised second edition of a groundbreaking photographic field guide to the butterflies of Mexico and Central America. Written by Jeffrey Glassberg, the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies, the guide covers more than 2,000 species and features over 3,700 large, gorgeous color photographs, the very best images available, accompanied by authoritative facing-page text. This second edition includes more species, more than 1,500 new photos, and updated text, maps, and species names. And range maps, field marks, and host plants are included for all Mexican butterflies. The result is an ideal field guide that will enable you to identify almost every butterfly you see.
Moths of Victoria: Part Six, Ghost Moths Hepialidae and AlliesArtist/Author: Kallies, Axel, Peter Marriott and Marilyn Hewish
Part six in a series of ten to twelve which will cover the 2,000 species of Victorian moths. This part covers the Ghost moths and allies. Part one (see stock ID 12326), part two (12327), part three (13042), part four (13697), part five (14144), part seven (16381), part eight (16379).
Moths of Victoria: Part Seven, Bark Moths and Allies, Geometridae (D)Artist/Author: Hewish, Marilyn et al
Part seven in a series of ten to twelve which will cover the 2,000 species of Victorian moths. This part is the final of the geometrids covering the bark moths and others. Part one (see stock ID 12326), part two (12327), part three (13042), part four (13697), part five (14144) part six (16385), part eight (16379).
Moths of Victoria: Part Eight, Night Moths and Allies Noctuoidea (B)Artist/Author: Marriott, Peter et al.
Part eight in a series of ten to twelve which will cover the 2,000 species of Victorian moths. This part is the second book for the diverse superfamily Noctuoidea covering the family Euteliidae and parts of the families Erebidae and Noctuidae. The accompanying CD contains over 300 additional pages of information. Part one (see stock ID 12326), part two (12327), part three (13042), part four (13697), part five (14144), part six (16385), part seven (16381).
World’s Weirdest Bugs: The Tiny Aliens Among UsArtist/Author: Zborowski, Paul
Over a million species of insects have already been named, catalogued and pictured. Theories as to how many are still to be named in collections, and discovered for the first time in the wild, vary considerably. However a figure of over 2 million is conservative. Imagine natural selection, the environmental forces acting on the survival of a species in a particular habitat, working over millions of years to adapt forms and behaviour for survival. As these changes are driven by random mutations in huge populations of a species, some of these mutations are neutral. They neither hinder nor help the species to survive. However to us observers some of these mutations can be pretty weird. The colour palette available is almost infinite, the shapes also, and why not have wild coloured eyes, or bizarre lumps, spines and duverlakies? Whatever doesn’t hurt survival can stay and develop further over time…
This book contains example stories from all over the world. The subject is endless, so the last few chapters simply touch on more weird stories for the reader to investigate further. The so-called ‘honorary mentions’, in this hall of weird fame. And no apologies for squeezing in one non-insect chapter – the spider relatives, the Opiliones, are just too quirky to ignore..