This book contains some fascinating background information about bees, however I am extremely put off by the inclusion of a section on KILLING native bees for specimen collection. Given some native bees are under threat, this seems an extremely irresponsible section to include in a book that will be bought by lay people. While I understand that sometimes invertebrate species 'need' to be killed and examined for scientific description and research, any scientists with a valid reason to do so will already be experts and therefore already know how to kill and preserve bees. Surely others do not need this information. Do you really want lay people etc. taking up native bee collection as a hobby? This information reminded me of the bad old days when various mammals and birds were killed and collected to satisfy the curiosity of humans, only to leading to their extinction or near extinction. If the same author was an expert on Australian birds, would they also include a section on killing native birds in their book? I was originally thinking of buying an extra copy of the book to give to my nephew as a present. However I won't now, thanks to the section on killing and collecting native bees. The section on bee identification includes some good detail about the bee species, although it would be more user friendly if the photos were next to the relevant text, i.e. presented in a more organised 'bee by bee' manner. Many of the photos are of dead bees or dead bee body parts, which is possibly necessary for clear identification, but something for buyers to be aware of. I plan to return this book, as I cannot support an author who indiscriminately gives out detailed instructions on the catching and killing of native bee species. This goes against the whole idea of conserving native bees, and is an irresponsible topic to include in a book that will be accessed by a range of people. Save that information for scientific journals, not generally available books!