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Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland

by Steven J Falk

illustrations by Richard Lewington

Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland
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Written by Steven Falk, professional naturalist and conservationist with over forty years' experience of working with bees Illustrated with over 1,000 colour and black & white artworks by Richard Lewington, one of Europe's leading insect artists. This title includes, stunning photographs of living insects as seen in the wild 234 up-to-date distribution maps. Comprehensive introduction to bee classification, ecology, field techniques and recording, a full glossary, and information on how to separate the sexes and distinguish bees from other insects Introductions to families and genera, describing key characters and life histories. Detailed species descriptions covering field and microscopic characters, similar species, variants, flight season, habitat, flowers visited, nesting habits, status & distribution, and parasites & associates. A series of innovative illustrated keys to genera and species, designed to guide the user step by step through the identification process Bees have long interested and fascinated man, and as a cornerstone in plant pollination they are an indispensable group of insects. Nevertheless, many species are declining, and efforts to help determine distributions and changes in abundance have so far been hampered by a serious lack of identification resources.

This eagerly anticipated new entry in the highly acclaimed British Wildlife Field Guides series will lay bare the complexities of identification, and is caters both for people new to the bee world as well as to more experienced recorders who wish to identify every species accurately. It provides the most recent information on the identification, ecology, status and distribution of all 275 bee species in Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands. As many bees cannot be identified to species level in the field as they require the taking of a specimen for critical examination under a microscope, this is a field guide in the loose sense – it will help you to recognise much of what you see in the field, but also indicate which groups may need more detailed examination.


  • ISBN: 9781910389034
  • Author(s): Steven J Falk
  • Illustrator(s): Richard Lewington
  • Stock Code: 0389034
  • Format: Paperback
  • Illustrations: Colour illustrations, Colour photographs, Maps
  • Pages: 432
  • Published: 2015
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