Bumblebees: Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation

Paperback | December 31, 2009

byDave Goulson

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Bumblebees are familiar and charismatic insects, occurring throughout much of the world. They are increasingly being used as a model organism for studying a wide range of ecological and behavioural concepts, such as social organization, optimal foraging theories, host-parasite interactions,and pollination. Recently they have become a focus for conservationists due to mounting evidence of range contractions and catastrophic extinctions with some species disappearing from entire continents (e.g. in North America). Only by improving our understanding of their ecology can we devisesensible plans to conserve them. The role of bumblebees as invasive species (e.g. Bombus terrestris in Japan) has also become topical with the growing trade in commercial bumblebee nests for tomato pollination leading to establishment of non-native bumblebees in a number of countries.Since the publication of the first edition of the book, there have been hundreds of research papers published on bumblebees. There is clearly a continuing need for an affordable, well-illustrated, and appealing text that makes accessible all of the major advances in understanding of the behaviourand ecology of bumblebees that have been made in the last 30 years.

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Bumblebees are familiar and charismatic insects, occurring throughout much of the world. They are increasingly being used as a model organism for studying a wide range of ecological and behavioural concepts, such as social organization, optimal foraging theories, host-parasite interactions,and pollination. Recently they have become a f...

Professor Dave Goulson has had a lifelong interest in insects, having started collecting butterflies as a small boy. After a degree in Biology at Oxford University and a PhD at Oxford Brookes University, he obtained a lectureship at the University of Southampton in 1995, where he stayed for 11 years. He is now Professor of Biological ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:December 31, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199553076

ISBN - 13:9780199553075

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Preface1. Introduction2. Thermoregulation3. Social Organisation and Conflict4. Finding a Mate5. Natural Enemies6. Foraging Economics7. Exploitation of Patchy Resources8. Choice of Flower Species9. Intraspecific Floral Choices10. Foraging Cues Gained from Other Bees11. Competition and Niche Differentiation in Bumblebee Communities12. Bumblebees as Pollinators13. Conservation14. Bumblebees Abroad; Effects of Introduced BeesReferencesIndex

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"This book showcases the burgeoning research effort in these bees." --Science (2003)