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Bees: A Natural History Hardcover – September 12, 2013
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deals with the many parasites that exploit the protein-rich provisions in bee nests. The concluding section addresses the relationship between bees and humans, starting with Paleolithic honey-gatherers and continuing through modern applications of honey bee products (many of them entertainingly debunked by O'Toole) in medicine and cosmetics. The book describes recent advances in bee conservation and management and ends with a strong argument for why more of us should learn about and advocate for wild bees... The photographs alone are worth the price of admission, and the text provides a good introduction to bee ecology and diversity. (Jessica Forrest Quarterly Reivew of Biology 2015-09-15)
It feels good to hold a well-crafted book in your hands, but Bees is not just a pretty frontispiece. Large, superb, close-up photos punctuate a fairly in-depth examination of the world's bees, both solitary and social, stinging, honey-storing or not. There are more than 20,000 identified species of bees (significantly more than birds and mammals combined), the authors have selected representative species and genera to ensure the book doesn't go on for too long. We learn that there is far more to bees than honey, and we must pay attention, as one-third of our food is bee-dependent... The book also contains pertinent information on diversity among bees, including grades of sociality; the role of males in bee society; why bees are good pollinators; and the role of bees in human lives. We discover that many species are stressed, largely through habitat loss, and what we can do in our own back yards to give bees a helping hand. This is an excellent resource for schools and nature centres,
and the clear prose and large text will be readable for advanced middle school students and up. (Alan Crook Green Teacher 2014-04-01)
Honeybees and bumblebees will be familiar to most people, but the numerous species of solitary bees are largely unknown. Chris O'Toole's book covers the broad spectrum of these bees, which occur throughout the world except in polar regions. The various groups of solitary and social bees are described and illustrated with some excellent colour photographs.... This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in bees and the process of pollination. (O. Andrew Halstead, beekeeper and recently retired Garden Magazine, Royal Horticultural Society 2014-03-01)
It is only correct to comment on the extraordinarily high quality of the photographs throughout and the great skill employed by the many photographers... This book will appeal to general naturalists and wildlife photographers as well as bee specialists and all-round entomologists too. (Stuart Roberts Bees, Wasps and Ants Society 2013-11-01)
I will never be able to look at a bee the same again! What an amazing book with 240 pages that draw the reader in! This oversize book (the better to see the photos) is a wealth of information concerning bees and their contribution to our world... Way too much information to take in one reading! This book is a must have! I recommend it! (Diana Wiig NSTA Recommends 2014-01-07)
Chris O'Toole, in conjunction with Tony Raw, wrote Bees of the World, which has become a seminal volume: this new book will rightfully take its place beside it on the bookshelf. ... It is (O'Toole's) writing style that makes him stand out. As an international scientist, he is accurate and detailed in his information yet he has the flowing style of a gifted writer: never verbose and never ever patronizing.... Questions of some simplicity, which a novice might be embarrassed to ask, but are vital to full and complete understanding, are answered and explained in such a way that even the highly informed will find fresh and interesting... The quality and detail of the wonderful colour photography of Edward Ross and others, which enhance almost every page, is truly the icing on this delicious cake. (Richard Jones Bee World International 2014-01-01)
This superbly illustrated volume ... plunges the reader into the world of a group of insects whose diversity and behaviors is an eloquent testimony to the precision of natural selection. (Gustavo Sancher Romero Entomology Association of Spain 2014-05-08)
O'Toole, an entomologist and bee expert, introduces readers to a sample of the world's 20,000 bee species in this beautiful new book... The strength of the book is in its introduction of the rest of the kinds of bees. (Nancy Bent Booklist 2013-12-01)
Understanding bee-plant relationships helps us provide food for the world. This beautifully-illustrated, appreciative tribute will be valuable to bee professionals, students, and naturalists. (American Bee Journal 2013-12-01)
This beautifully illustrated book provides the reader with an excellent overview of the 18,000 or so recognised species of bee found across the globe... The book is easy to read and a must for any serious student of the Hymenoptera. The author has been in the forefront of bee conservation in the UK for many years and here offers further good advice on how to reverse the declines recorded for many British species. (John Badmin British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 2014-10-01)
This book will be of interest to a wide audience. (Bees for Development Journal 2014-11-01)
Readers who wish to own one general book about bees will want to acquire this interesting, beautiful volume... The numerous and exceptional photographs, half page, full page, or larger, generously scattered throughout the book might suggest that the volume was intended for the coffee table, and it will grace many. However, this is a natural history work in the truest sense, containing a wealth of information about these fascinating insects. ... Broadly appealing. Highly recommended. (P. K. Lago, University of Mississippi Choice 2014-05-01)
Overall the book is very informative, easy to read and thoroughly recommended for the beginner, leaving the reader wanting more. (Adrian Spalding Entomologist's Gazette (2014) Vol. 65 2014-04-01)
I congratulate and thank the author. He has provided us with a wonderful account of bee natural history, which popularizes bees and stresses the importance of pollination. This will be helpful in their conservation as everybody can make the environment more suitable for bees... I recommend this book to everybody who is interested in the ecology of pollinators and looking for information on the conservation of biodiversity. This book should be present in every biological library, particularly those in schools, for use by beginners in the study of bee ecology. (A. Pridal, Mendel University, Brno European Journal of Entomology Vol 111 No 3 2014-07-01)
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His coverage includes chapters on the definition of bees (solitary wasps that have taken up feeding their young pollen and nectar, and sometimes honey (processed nectar), and in some cases become social), the diversity of bees, the association with flowering plants, how bees live, the enemies of bees, the conservation of bees, bees in folklore and medicine, and finally how one can become a backyard bee scientist.
This subject is both extremely important and very timely, as bees are threatened almost everywhere. I recommend that anybody with even a minor interest in pollination, agriculture or conservation read this book. They will be well rewarded by the effort.
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More than most people probably will read or understand but a great book by someone with incredible knowledge. Read morePublished 7 months ago by doug k
I love bees. Especially honey bees. Reading this book makes me want to look for more in depth works. It is a larger book than I imagined. The pages are a full 8. Read morePublished 18 months ago by C. C. Elledge
I bought this book for my daughter's graduation - Very fast service! Thank you - I'm sure she will love the book - It was on her wish list!Published 22 months ago by cat b