Archive for the ‘Reference’ Category

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

Further info and reviews: Telegraph & Amazon


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I came across the World Bee Checklist Working Group recently, which is a project that aims “to provide a platform for communication, collaboration, and information access relating to the in the development and use of a global checklist of bees (Apoidea)”.

This is part of a larger European Union funded project to promote and integrate programmes of biological taxonomic research: The European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy. Check out the list of similar projects listed in the link.

All the projects are hosted/run with the Scratchpads system.

Interesting stuff!

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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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A useful resource is the online version of the following book. Although written in 1976 and mainly covering the US, the book is still very relevant today whatever country you are located in.

Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants
by S.E. McGregor,
USDA Originally published 1976

Sections include:

  • Economics of Plant Pollination
  • Flowering and Fruiting of Plants
  • Hybrid Vigor in Plants and its Relationship to Insect Pollination
  • Wild Bees and Wild Bee Culture
  • Wild Flowers and Crop Pollination
  • Pesticides in Relation to Beekeeping and Crop Pollination
  • Pollination Agreements and Services
  • Alphabetical Listing of Crops Dependent upon or Benefited by Insect Pollination.

Link here

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