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Ecology and Natural History of Tropical Bees : Cambridge Tropical Biology Series - David W. Roubik

Ecology and Natural History of Tropical Bees

Cambridge Tropical Biology Series

By: David W. Roubik (Editor)

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Published: 5th October 1992
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Humans have been fascinated by bees for centuries. Bees display a wide spectrum of behaviours and ecological roles that have provided biologists with a vast amount of material for study. Among the types observed are both social and solitary bees, those that either pollinate or destroy flowers, and those that display traits allowing them to survive underwater. Others fly mainly at night, and some build their nests either in the ground or in the tallest rain forest trees. This highly acclaimed book summarises and interprets research from around the world on tropical bee diversity and draws together major themes in ecology, natural history and evolution. The numerous photographs and line illustrations, and the large reference section, qualify this book as a field guide and reference for workers in tropical and temperate research. The fascinating ecology and natural history of these bees will also provide absorbing reading for other ecologists and naturalists.

'It will be valued for its substantial and wide-ranging bibliography, as well as for the text, which is a carefully organised mosaic of sparkling fragments giving tempting glimpses of a relatively unexplored world.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution ' ... it should be on the shelves of anyone interested in bees, insects or the ecology of the tropics.' New Scientist

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Approaches to tropical bee biology
Diversity of tropical bees
Foraging and Pollination
Resources gathered by bees
Mechanisms of resource collection
Foraging and flight activity
Pollination ecology
Nesting and Reproduction Biology
Bee nests
Nest predators, associates and defense
Mating and brood production
Community Ecology
Seasonality, abundance and flower preference
Composition of bee assemblages
Roles of bees in communities
References
Index
Appendices
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ISBN: 9780521429092
ISBN-10: 0521429099
Series: Cambridge Tropical Biology Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 526
Published: 5th October 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.7