Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide by Paul H. WilliamsBumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide by Paul H. Williams

Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide

byPaul H. Williams

Paperback | March 30, 2014

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More than ever before, there is widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems.Bumble Bees of North Americais the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions.

The book draws on the latest molecular research, shows the enormous color variation within species, and guides readers through the many confusing convergences between species. It draws on a large repository of data from museum collections and presents state-of-the-art results on evolutionary relationships, distributions, and ecological roles. Illustrated keys allow identification of color morphs and social castes.

A landmark publication,Bumble Bees of North Americasets the standard for guides and the study of these important insects.

  • The best guide yet to the 46 recognized bumble bee species in North America north of Mexico
  • Up-to-date taxonomy includes previously unpublished results
  • Detailed distribution maps
  • Extensive keys identify the many color patterns of species

Paul H. Williamsis a research entomologist at the Natural History Museum in London.Robbin W. Thorpis professor emeritus of entomology at the University of California, Davis.Leif L. Richardsonis a doctoral candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Dartmouth College.Sheila R. Collais an NSERC postdoctoral fellow ...
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Title:Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pagesPublished:March 30, 2014Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691152225

ISBN - 13:9780691152226

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Lots of great information on all the types of bumble bees! And full color photos thru the book!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting what an excellent book. it has lots of info.
Date published: 2017-02-22

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Observing Bumble Bees 17

Attracting Bumble Bees 20

Bumble Bee Forage Guide by Ecoregion 22

Maps and Seasonal Activity 29

Bumble Bee Decline and Conservation 31

Threats to Bumble Bees 33

Natural Enemies 35

Mimicry 38

Distinguishing Bumble Bees from Other Insects 42

Bumble Bee Names and Classification 45

How to Use This Book to Identify Bumble Bee Species 48

Species Accounts 51

SQUARE- OR LONG-CHEEKED BEES WITH A ROUNDED ANGLE ON THE MIDLEG

-Bombus vosnesenskii52

-Bombus caliginosus54

-Bombus vandykei57

-Bombus impatiens59

-Bombus bimaculatus62

-Bombus perplexus64

-Bombus vagans67

-Bombus sandersoni70

-Bombus jonellus73

-Bombus frigidus75

-Bombus mixtus77

-Bombus ternarius80

-Bombus huntii82

-Bombus sylvicola84

-Bombus melanopygus87

-Bombus bifarius90

-Bombus centralis93

-Bombus flavifrons95

-Bombus sitkensis98

-Bombus polaris100

-Bombus balteatus103

-Bombus neoboreus105

-Bombus hyperboreus108

SHORT-CHEEKED BEES WITH A ROUNDED ANGLE ON THE MIDLEG

-Bombus terricola111

-Bombus occidentalis114

-Bombus cryptarum117

-Bombus franklini119

-Bombus affinis121

-Bombus griseocollis123

-Bombus morrisoni126

-Bombus fraternus128

-Bombus crotchii130

-Bombus rufocinctus133

MEDIUM- OR LONG-CHEEKED BEES WITH A SHARP ANGLE ON THE MIDLET


-Bombus fervidus136

-Bombus borealis139

-Bombus distinguendus142

-Bombus appositus144

-Bombus pensylvanicus147

-Bombus auricomus150

-Bombus nevadensis152

HINDLEG (TIBIA) WITH THE OUTER SURFACE UNIFORMLY CONVEX AND DENSELY HAIRY (CUCKOO BUMBLE BEES, NO WORKERS)


-Bombus citrinus155

-Bombus variabilis157

-Bombus insularis159

-Bombus bohemicus161

-Bombus suckleyi163

-Bombus flavidus165

Identification Keys to Female and Male Bumble Bees, with Photos 168

Glossary 199

Additional Resources 203

Acknowledgments 204

Photo Credits 206

Index 207

Editorial Reviews

"A better team of scientists couldn't have written this amazing new book on bumble bees. Filled with diverse content, it will be popular with its broad audience. Readers will want to get out and find bumble bees, observe them, and learn what they can do to conserve them."-Stephen L. Buchmann, University of Arizona