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Australian Native Bees: A Practical HandbookArtist/Author: Dollin, Anne et al.
Combining the expertise of many of Australia’s leading native bee researchers, this book is a guide to observing and keeping Australia’s broad range of native bee species. It provides a wealth of advice on how you can support and enjoy our native bees, whether you’re in broad acre cropping or have a small urban backyard garden. Provides details for identifying many types of native bee as well as information on keeping them.
Australian Native Bees is part of the AgGuide series. It is brilliantly photographed and illustrated and includes 170 full-colour A4 pages.
Ant EcologyArtist/Author: Lori Lach, Catherine Parr, Kirsti Abbott (Editors)
Comprising a substantial part of living biomass on earth, ants are integral to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. More than 12,000 species have been described to date, and it is estimated that perhaps as many still await classification.
Ant Ecology explores key ecological issues and new developments in myrmecology across a range of scales. The book begins with a global perspective on species diversity in time and space, and examines interactions at the community level before describing the population ecology of these social insects. The final section covers the recent ecological phenomenon of invasive ants: how they move across the globe, invade, affect ecosystems, and are managed by humans. Each chapter links ant ecology to broader ecological principles, provides a succinct summary, and discusses future research directions. Practical aspects of myrmecology, applications of ant ecology, debates, and novel discoveries are highlighted in text boxes throughout the volume. The book concludes with a synthesis of the current state of the field and a look at exciting future research directions. The extensive reference list and full glossary are invaluable for researchers, and those new to the field.
The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping Stingless Bee Hives for Pets, Pollination and Sugarbag HoneyArtist/Author: Heard, Tim
Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. This book allows the reader to do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees.
In this book you’ll find the complete guide to native stingless bees, written by an ex-CSIRO research scientist who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these unique creatures. Whether you keep a hive or two in your suburban garden, or want to use multiple hives on a commercial farm, this friendly guide has you covered.
The Australian Native Bee Book describes native bees generally and provides a complete guide to keeping Australian native stingless bees. It is richly illustrated with over 500 photos, drawings and charts to increase accessibility and aid learning.
Bumblebees of North America: An Identification GuideArtist/Author: Williams, Paul, et al.
More than ever before, there is widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems. Bumble Bees of North America is the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions. The book draws on the latest molecular research, shows the enormous color variation within species, and guides readers through the many confusing convergences between species. It draws on a large repository of data from museum collections and presents state-of-the-art results on evolutionary relationships, distributions, and ecological roles. Illustrated keys allow identification of color morphs and social castes. A landmark publication, Bumble Bees of North America sets the standard for guides and the study of these important insects. The best guide yet to the 46 recognized bumble bee species in North America north of Mexico. Up-to-date taxonomy includes previously unpublished results. Detailed distribution maps Extensive keys identify the many color patterns of species
The Bee Book: Beekeeping in AustraliaArtist/Author: Warhurst, Peter and Roger Goebel.
This practical, readable and comprehensive book contains detailed information on honeybees and on every aspect of responsible, successful beekeeping. It also covers the special requirements of managing hives in Australia where, in contrast to cooler areas, bees often continue to breed and gather honey throughout the winter. Also discussed are palletisation and the small hive beetle, plus an expanded list of agricultural chemicals and their toxicities to bees.
Bees: A Natural HistoryArtist/Author: O'Toole, Christopher.
Only recently have biologists discovered that human survival is inextricably linked to the survival of insects, specifically, bees. Today the 16-20,000 species of bee continue to play vital roles in human ecology. We survive only by grace of the life-sustaining network of bee-plant relationships. This book immerses readers in the world of Apinae whose diversity of form and behaviour is eloquent testimony to the fine-tuning of natural selection. This beautifully illustrated, appreciative tribute will be welcomed by entomologists, students and all naturalist readers.
The Spirit of the Hive: The Mechanisms of Social EvolutionArtist/Author: Page, Robert E.
Synthesising the findings of decades of experiments, this book presents a comprehensive picture of the genetic and physiological mechanisms present in honey bee colonies and explains how bees’ complex social behaviour has evolved over millions of years. Robert Page, one of the foremost honey bee geneticists in the world, sheds light on how the coordinated activity of hives arises naturally when worker bees respond to stimuli in their environment. The actions they take in turn alter the environment and so change the stimuli for their nest mates. For example, a bee detecting ample stores of pollen in the hive is inhibited from foraging for more, whereas detecting the presence of hungry young larvae will stimulate pollen gathering. Division of labour, Page shows, is an inevitable product of group living, because individual bees vary genetically and physiologically in their sensitivities to stimuli and have different probabilities of encountering and responding to them. A fascinating window into self-organising regulatory networks of honey bees, this book applies genomics, evolution, and behaviour to elucidate the details of social structure and advance our understanding of complex adaptive systems in nature.
Field Guide to the Ants of New EnglandArtist/Author: Ellison, Aaron M. et al.
Detailing over 140 ant species that are found in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada, this book is the first guide for this area dedicated solely to ants. Lavishly illustrated with over 500 line illustrations, 300 photographs, and regional distribution maps for each species, this guide will prove essential for amateur and professional naturalists, biologists, teachers, students, environmental managers and pest-control professionals. The detailed line illustrations and species descriptions, together with the high-magnification photographs, will allow anyone to identify and learn about ants and their diversity, ecology, life histories, and beauty. In addition, the book includes sections on natural history and collecting ants, ant ecology and evolution, and patterns of geographic distribution and diversity that will help everyone gain a greater understanding and appreciation of ants.
A Guide to Colobopsis Ants of the WorldArtist/Author: McArthur, Archie.
A natural history of this fascinating group of ants with an excellent photographs and scientific keys to identify species. This work provides excellent photographic (and scientific) key to identifying Colobopsis species of the world.
Beekeeping: a practical guide.Artist/Author: Patterson, Roger.
A practical book for new beekeepers and those interested in keeping their own bees, explaining everything they need to know to get started. It also covers how to make your garden attractive for bees.
Secret Lives of AntsArtist/Author: Choe, Jae C., Jane Goodall, and Dan Perlman.
In this book Choe takes readers into the world of the ant, an insect that humans, as well as most other life forms, depend upon for their very survival. Easily one of the most important animals on earth, ants seem to mirror the actions, emotions, and industries of the human population, often more effectively than humans do themselves. They developed ranching and farming long before humans, and their division of labour resembles the assembly lines of automobile factories and multinational enterprises. Self-sacrifice and a finely tuned chemical language are the foundations of their monarchical society, which is capable of waging large-scale warfare and taking slaves. Tales of their massacres and atrocities, as well as struggles for power, are all too reminiscent of our own. The reality of ant society is more fascinating than even the most creative minds could imagine. Choe combines expert scientific knowledge with a real passion for these miniscule marvels. His vivid descriptions are paired with captivating illustrations and photographs to introduce readers to the economics, culture, and intrigue of the ant world. All of nature is revealed through the secret lives of the amazing ants.
Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling UsArtist/Author: Siegel, Taggart, and Jon Betz.
In autumn 2006 an unnerving phenomenon hit the United States: honeybees were mysteriously disappearing from hives across the nation, with beekeepers reporting losses of between 30 and 90 per cent of their entire colonies. The problem soon spread to parts of Europe and even Asia, earning the name Colony Collapse Disorder. To this day nobody is absolutely sure why it is happening and what the exact causes are. However, in 1923 Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that bees would die out within 100 years if they were to be reproduced using only artificial methods. Startlingly, and worryingly, his prediction appears to be coming true. This book is a companion book to the critically-acclaimed film of the same name. Compiled by the film’s director Taggart Siegel, it makes a profound examination of the global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic and organic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, philosophers and poets.
Revealing the mysterious world of the beehive and the complex social community of bees, the book unveils millennia of beekeeping, highlighting our historic and sacred relationship with bees, and how this is being compromised by highly-mechanized and intensive agro-industrial practices. The bees are messengers and their disappearance is a resounding wake-up call for humanity! With full colour, stunning photography throughout, this engaging, alarming but ultimately uplifting anthology begins with an account of how Siegel’s film came to be made. It continues with a wealth of articles, interviews and poems that offer unique philosophical and spiritual insights. Besides investigating many contributory causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, the book offers remedies as well as hope for the future. This book features contributions from Carol Ann Duffy, Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz, David Heaf, Gunther Hauk, Horst Kornberger, Jennifer Kornberger, Jacqueline Freeman, Johannas Wirz, Kerry Grefig, Michael Thiele, Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, Jeffery Smith and Matthew Barton. These compelling voices signal a growing movement striving to found a culture fully in balance with nature.