" Bumblebees are an important component of the British countryside, and this book has been designed as an introduction to their natural history. This book describes the development of a colony from its establishment in spring by a lone queen to the production of new queens and males at the end of the summer season. After mating in late summer, the queen lies buried over winter in the soil, to emerge the following spring to establish a new colony. Throughout the summer, worker bumblebees gather nectar and pollen from flowers to support the colony. Their flower visiting behaviour is of great interest to ecologists, and is easily observed. Cuckoo bumblebees look just like true bumblebees but behave very differently. They do not make nests and forage for their own young, but instead invade the nests of true bumblebees and lay eggs there to be cared for by the true bumblebee workers. Bumblebees also have enemies, including parasitic flies, worms and mites, and hungry badgers. This book provides coloured illustrations of the British bumblebee species, with keys to true bumblebees and cuckoo bumblebees found in Britain.
It describes methods for establishing nests in capivity, and for making original studies of bumblebee behaviour and of the nectar and pollen on which they feed. This revised edition includes maps of the distribution of each species in Britain, and lists the flowers visited by bumblebees. "
Book in good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound.Front cover as small crease in it. Printed in 2003.