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Backyard Beekeeping (Second edition)Artist/Author: Smithers, C. N.
There is room for a hive of bees in many a suburban garden and there is always something special about eating honey from your own hives. This revised second edition is written especially for those who would like to experience that healthy pleasure yet are unsure how to set about it. It is a comprehensive reference for all wishing to keep healthy bees and produce delicious, honey. It provides essential information on the bees life cycle, the basic equipment required for beekeeping, where to position hives, and obtain a bee colony, how to care for a colony and increase its size, the harvesting of honey and wax, how to move hives, swarm control and the nectar and pollen flowers that attract bees to Australian and New Zealand gardens.
The Beekeeper’s Handbook (Fourth Edition)Artist/Author: Sammataro, Diana and Alphonse Avitabile.
Since 1973, tens of thousands of first-time and experienced beekeepers alike have relied on The Beekeeper’s Handbook as the best single-volume guide to the hobby and profession of beekeeping. Featuring clear descriptions and authoritative content, this handbook provides step-by-step directions accompanied by more than 100 illustrations for setting up an apiary, handling bees, and working throughout the season to maintain a healthy colony of bees and a generous supply of honety. This book explains the various colony care options and techniques, noting advantages and disadvantages, so that beekeepers can make the best choices for their own hives.
This fourth edition has been thoroughly redesigned, expanded, updated, and revised to incorporate the latest information on Colony Collapse Disorder, green IPM methods, regional overwintering protocols, and procedures for handling bees and managing diseases and pests such as African honey bees and bee mites. The book explains not only how but also why each step is part of the transformative process that results in the magnificent creation of honey. This essential guide is a beekeeper’s most valuable resource.
Colony Collapse Disorder has renewed our recognition of the importance of small-scale beekeeping and the critical role of bees in the production of our food supply. For the growing number of beekeepers looking to set up hives for either a rewarding hobby or a profitable commercial enterprise, this updated and revised essential how-to guide includes:
• step-by-step directions for all stages from setting up an apiary to harvesting honey;
• approximately 100 illustrations featuring techniques, equipment, and bee biology;
• information about how to manage new pests and diseases including Colony Collapse Disorder;
• coverage of new trends and changes in beekeeping including green IPM techniques and new laws for urban beekeeping;
• the most up-to-date bibliography and list of resources on the topic; and
• a new user-friendly book design that clearly highlights instructions and other important features.
A Guide to Camponotus Ants of South AustraliaArtist/Author: McArthur, Archie.
A natural history of this fascinating group of ants with an excellent photographs and scientific keys to identify species.
‘Archie McArthur continues that wonderful tradition of natural history writing at its best. This guide is the culmination of a lifetime’s work on Camponotus ants. It is beautifully written and illustrated, and readily accessible to the general reader. Given the importance of ants in the Australian landscape, it is a welcome addition to our store of knowledge.’ Allan Holmes, Chief Executive Department for Environment and Heritage.
Honeybee DemocracyArtist/Author: Seeley, Thomas D.
Honeybees make decisions collectively – and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and travelling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviourist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, this book brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley’s pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees. In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together – as a swirling cloud of bees – to their new home.
Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader’s influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution. An impressive exploration of animal behaviour, this book shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them.
Bees, Wasps, and Ants The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in GardensArtist/Author: Grissell, Eric.
Few insects are more important than bees, wasps, and ants. They maintain the garden’s biological balance, fertilize vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and recycle nutrients within the soil. It’s no exaggeration to say that a garden can’t be understood without an understanding of its insects. Bees, Wasps, and Ants explores the importance of the Hymenoptera and explains how gardeners can encourage (or discourage) them in the garden. Part One includes a summary of their biology and a tour of what role they play in each part of the garden. Part Two takes a closer look at the individual groups within the order, including sawflies, horntails, woodwasps, parasitic wasps, predatory wasps, bees, and ants.
Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony BehaviorArtist/Author: Gordon, Deborah M.
How do ant colonies get anything done, when no one is in charge? An ant colony operates without a central control or hierarchy, and no ant directs another. Instead, ants decide what to do based on the rate, rhythm, and pattern of individual encounters and interactions – resulting in a dynamic network that coordinates the functions of the colony. This book provides a revealing and accessible look into ant behaviour from this complex systems perspective. Focusing on the moment-to-moment behaviour of ant colonies, Deborah Gordon investigates the role of interaction networks in regulating colony behaviour and relations among ant colonies. She shows how ant behaviour within and between colonies arises from local interactions of individuals, and how interaction networks develop as a colony grows older and larger. The more rapidly ants react to their encounters, the more sensitively the entire colony responds to changing conditions. Gordon explores whether such reactive networks help a colony to survive and reproduce, how natural selection shapes colony networks, and how these structures compare to other analogous complex systems.
Ant EcologyArtist/Author: Lach, Lori, Catherine Parr, and 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. This book 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 explores 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. Also available in paperback [stock id 31459].
The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance and Strangeness of Insect SocietiesArtist/Author: Holldobler, Bert and Edward O. Wilson.
Based on remarkable research, eighteen years after the publication of The Ants, this new volume expands our knowledge of social insects (among them, ants, bees, wasps and termites). Super-organisms – tightly knit colonies of individuals, formed by altruistic co-operation, complex communication and division of labour – represent one of the basic stages of biological organisation, midway between the organism and the species. As the authors demonstrate, the study of the superorganism has led to important advances in our understanding of how the transitions between such levels have occurred in evolution and how life has progressed from simple to complex forms. Visually spectacular, this book provides a deep look into a part of the living world hitherto glimpsed by only a few.
Vespine wasps of the world: behaviour, ecology and taxonomy of the Vespinae.Artist/Author: Archer, Michael E.
The first full review of the biology and taxonomy of the vespine wasps of the world. It provides an up-to-date account of the life cycles, behaviour and population and community ecology of the hornets and yellowjacket wasps of the world, including nesting, brood care, foraging and colony usurpation behaviours. There are fully illustrated keys to the world fauna, including keys to subspecies and colour variants in addition to comments on the historical taxonomy of each species. All species apart from two (which are identical to some others) are illustrated by colour photographs. Vespine Wasps of the World should appeal to hymenopterists, pest contol workers and students and professionals researching insect behaviour. It is fully referenced with both a taxonomic and a subject index.
Complete Step-by-Step Book of Beekeeping: A Practical Guide to Beekeeping from Setting up a Colony to Hive Management and Harvesting the Honey.Artist/Author: Cramp, David.
This is a practical guide to beekeeping, from setting up a colony to hive management and harvesting the honey, shown in over 400 photographs. It is a complete how-to manual on the satisfying art of keeping bees and their practical day to day care. It guides you all the way from choosing and obtaining your bees, housing them and maintaining the hive through the year, to dealing with pests and diseases, and harvesting the honey. It describes the flowers, plants, trees and crops – and their seasons – that provide the best yield of nectar and pollen. It offers a fascinating insight into the dynamics of the unique bee community. It is illustrated throughout with more than 400 photographs, including step-by-step techniques and amazing pictures from inside the hive. It explains how to harvest the products of the hive. Beekeeping must rate as one of the most interesting and satisfying hobbies. The structure and hierarchy of a beehive and the behaviour of bees is fascinating, and the end product, honey, is a fitting reward for a beekeeper’s care. This book gives information on the way the hive works, handling the bees, and how to get your bees and transfer them to the hive.
It provides a useful calendar, packed with information, that shows you at a glance when to inspect, maintain and repair the hive, and how to harvest the honey. It describes problems such as diseases and pests that can affect the bees, and suggests plants for a bee-friendly garden.
The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a SuperorganismArtist/Author: Tautz, Jurgen.
Offers an insight into the realms of bees. This book introduces bees as a ‘superorganism’, a self organizing and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution – a mammal in several bodies. It also describes the range of astonishing bee activities.
With spectacularly beautiful colour photographs and an easy understandable text “The Buzz about Bees” tells the story of honeybees in a new perspective. Based on the latest data, notably from his own research group, Jurgen Tautz provides a wonderful insight into the realms of bees. In contrast to the view of bee colonies as perfect societies of selfless individuals ruled by a queen, Tautz introduces them as a ‘superorganism’, a self organizing and complex adaptive system based on a network of communication; a fascinating result of evolution – a mammal in several bodies. The entire range of astonishing bee activities is described. Remarkable action photographs never shown before present bees busy with cell cleaning, caring for the brood, serving in the queen’s court, visiting flowers, receiving nectar, producing honey, comb building, entrance guarding, heating and cooling. Spotlights include bees grooming, swarming, fighting, telephoning, sleeping and communicating by high-toned beeping, scents and dances.
Urban Ants of North America and Europe: Identification, Biology, and ManagementArtist/Author: Klotz, John etal.
Ants that commonly invade homes, damage structures, inflict painful bites, or sting humans or their pets are considered pest ants. This illustrated identification guide highlights forty species of ants that pose difficulties in urban settings. Included are well-known invasive troublemakers such as the red imported fire ant and Argentine ant, as well as native species.
After an introductory chapter on the evolution, biology, and ecology of pest ants, the book follows a taxonomic arrangement by subfamily. Each subfamily chapter includes separate illustrated keys to both the genera and species of that group to enable entomologists and pest control professionals to identify pest ants correctly. The species accounts cover biology, distribution, and methods for excluding and/or removing ants from human structures and landscapes. The authors focus on the ants’ biology and nesting behaviour, life cycles, and feeding preferences; an intimate understanding of these factors enables the implementation of the least toxic control methods available.
A chapter on control principles and techniques encompasses chemical strategies, habitat and structural modifications, biological control, and integrated pest management methods. Urban Ants of North America and Europe also contains valuable information on the diagnosis and treatment of human reactions to ant stings and bites. This comprehensive reference work on these economically significant ants includes the scientific, English, French, Spanish, and German names for each species and a summary of invasive ant species in the United States and Europe.