London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.
This book considers all 24 bumblebee species found in the UK, examining what made the group so successful and how circumstances have led to the survival of some species but the precipitous decline of the majority, highlighting the dangers we all face if populations continue to plummet. Separate chapters cover all aspects of bumblebees' biology and lifestyles, from spring queens emerging from dark overwintering chambers to establish their nests, to the drone swarms that herald the end of the bumblebee season. Bumblebees around the world are studied, including in the southern hemisphere where Europe's declining species can become harmful invaders. The influence of bumblebees throughout our history and their place in our culture, from Shakespeare to Transformers, is also examined.
Price: $18.00 AU