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A Guide to Native Bees of Australia - Terry  Houston

A Guide to Native Bees of Australia


Published: 1st August 2018
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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.

About the Author

Terry Houston has studied Australian native bees for more than 50 years, both in the field and in state museum collections. He served as Curator of Insects at the Western Australian Museum in Perth for 34 years and, although retired, he continues his bee research there in an honorary capacity.

Part I: Introduction
What is a bee?
Form and function
Origin and evolution of bees
Australian bee fauna
Importance of native bees
Bee life-cycle
Sexing 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
Associated organisms
Historical account
Collecting and preserving bees
Encouraging native bees in the garden

Part II: Identification of bees
Identifying bees
Is it a bee?
Native bee or honeybee?
Regarding names: scientific versus common
Identification of Australian bees to family
Family Colletidae
Family Stenotritidae
Family Halictidae
Family Megachilidae
Family Apidae
Bees introduced to Australia
Further reading

ISBN: 9781486304066
ISBN-10: 1486304060
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st August 2018
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.8