A Guide to Native Bees of Australia by Terry Houston | Australian Hive Hotel
A Guide to Native Bees of Australia provides a detailed introduction to the estimated 2000 species of Australian bees. Illustrated with stunning photographs, it describes the form and function of bees, their life-cycle stages, nest architecture, sociality and relationships with plants.
It also contains systematic accounts of the five families and 58 genera of Australian bees. Photomicrographs of morphological characters and identification keys allow identification of bees to genus level. Natural history enthusiasts, professional and amateur entomologists and beekeepers will find this an essential guide.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
What is a bee?
Form and function
Origin and evolution of bees
Australian bee fauna
Importance of native bees
About males and mating
Bees’ glandular products
Size range Colour patterns, mimicry and crypsis Sociality
Nests and nesting behaviour
Flower visitation and feeding
Seasonality and flight times
Collecting and preserving bees
Encouraging native bees in the garden
Part II: Identification of bees
Is it a bee?
Native bee or honeybee?
Regarding names: scientific versus common
Identification of Australian bees to family
Bees introduced to Australia
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