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The bee : a natural history

Author: Noah Wilson-Rich; Kelly Allin; Norman L Carreck; Andrea Quigley
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive. Bees are crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants, while the economic contributions of these irreplaceable insects are measured in the tens of billions of dollars each year. Yet bees are dying at an alarming rate, threatening food supplies and ecosystems around the world. In this richly illustrated natural
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Noah Wilson-Rich; Kelly Allin; Norman L Carreck; Andrea Quigley
ISBN: 9780691161358 0691161356
OCLC Number: 877364500
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Evolution & development. The evolution of bees ; Honey hunting and beekeeping ; The different bee groups ; The evolution and development of the honey bee ; Wild bees worldwide --
Anatomy & biology. What makes bees different? ; Anatomy of a honey bee ; Flight and internal anatomy ; Bee senses ; Genetics ; Genomics and informatics ; Hormones--
the endocrine system ; Immunology ; Pests and diseases ; Reproduction ; The bee's life cycle ; Pollination --
Society & behavior. Sociality ; Pathways to eusociality ; Reproductive division of labor ; Swarming ; Communication ; Dance communication ; Olfaction ; Navigation ; Foraging behavior ; Crafting ; Nesting ; Circadian rhythms ; Thermoregulation ; Changing behavior over time : temporal polyethism ; Defense and aggression ; Parenting ; Courtship ; Sexual reproduction ; Mating systems --
Bees & humans. Ancient and modern knowledge ; Scientific research today ; An economic force ; Spirituality ; Islam, Judaism and Christianity ; Patron saints of beekeeping ; Political symbolism ; What if bees were to disappear? --
Beekeeping. The basics ; Keeping other bees ; Ancient hive designs ; Langstroth hives ; Observation hives ; Data tracking ; Urban beekeeping ; Harvesting ; "Natural" beekeeping ; Swarming ; Integrated management ; Arthropod pests ; Bacterial, fungal and viral infections --
A directory of bees. Solitary bees ; Bumble bees ; Stingless bees ; Honey bees --
The challenges faced by bees. An introduction to bee losses ; Weather and climate ; Habitat loss ; Changes in agriculture ; Modern farming ; Agrochemicals ; Pests and diseases ; Other threats to bees ; Fear of bees ; Pollinators, the environment and conservation ; Research initiatives to help bees ; How we can help the bees.
Responsibility: Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich, with Kelly Allin, Norman Carreck & Dr. Andrea Quigley.
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Suitable for every keeper, student, or lover of bees, this book explores evolution, anatomy, society, behaviour, and the human factor, and presents a visual directory of 40 bee breeds alongside  Read more...

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