The book begins with extensive introductory sections that include bee evolution, classification of the various bee families, the coevolution of bees and flowering plants, nesting behavior, differences between solitary and social bees, and the anatomy of these amazing insects. Drawing on modern studies and evidence from the fossil record, Michener reveals what the ancestral bee-the protobee-might have looked like. He also cites the major literature on bee biology and describes the need for further research on the systematics and natural history of bees, including their importance as pollinators of crops and natural vegetation.
The greater part of the work consists of an unprecedented treatment of bee systematics, with keys for identification to the subgenus level. For each genus and subgenus, Michener includes a brief natural history describing geographical range, number of species, and noteworthy information pertaining to nesting or floral biology.The book is beautifully illustrated with more than 500 drawings and photographs that depict behavior, detailed morphology, and ecology. Accented with color plates of select bees, The Bees of the World will continue to be the world's best reference on these diverse insects. Wordery is one of the UK's largest online booksellers. With millions of satisfied customers who enjoy low prices on a huge range of books, we offer a reliable and trusted service and consistently receive excellent feedback. We offer a huge range of over 8 million books; bestsellers, children's books, cheap paperbacks, baby books, special edition hardbacks, and textbooks. All our books are dispatched from the UK. Why should you use Wordery. 100% genuine, brand new products.
Wordery don't sell used products or counterfeits - ever! Michener Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press Edition:2 Imprint:Johns Hopkins University Press Publication date:2007-07-26 Pages:992 Product dimensions:189mm (w) x 261mm (h) x 60mm (d) Overview In this extensive update of his definitive reference, Charles D.About Wordery Wordery is one of the UK's largest online booksellers. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Textbooks, Education & Reference\Adult Learning & University".
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