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Bugs Britannica by Peter Marren and Richard Mabey (ed.) published in May

Further info and reviews: Telegraph & Amazon


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For a late stocking filler try the new updated 2009 editon of the Field Guide to the Bumblebees of Great Britain & Ireland, by Mike Edwards & Martin Jenner

Bumblebee Book

Field Guide to the Bumblebees of Great Britain & Ireland 2009

A Photographic field guide for bumblebees of Britain and Ireland. The guide contains a quick identification chart, photographs of both sexes of all British species, information on life history and conservation, a cross-referencing system with symbols to help more accurate field identification and details on how to attract bumblebees to your garden.  108 pages, 90 colour photos & maps.

Updates to the second edition include: a new species account for the soon-to-be-reintroduced Bombus subterraneus; the latest distribution maps; updated Conservation Action section, and revised Quick Identification Chart.

RRP: £11.99. Published by Ocelli Ltd

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The Hymenoptera Aculeata of the British Islands : a descriptive account of the families, genera, and species indigenous to Great Britain and Ireland, with notes as to habits, localities, habitats etc.

Edward Saunders 1896

This book is a classic work on aculeates and contains the only comprehensive work on British solitary bees (Apidae) yet published. It contains many hand coloured plates. The Biodiversity Heritage Library has made this book available to view or download for free online either as a pdf or higher quality jpeg images (large 100mb files):


Copies of the original book are worth several hundred pounds in price so this is a valuable addition to the digital library!

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