Sunday ebook overview – Solitary Bees by Ted Benton and Nick Owens – Mark Avery


I strategy this ebook as somebody who doesn’t know a lot in any respect about bees, solitary or in any other case, and wish to be taught extra. Does this ebook work for me? Very a lot so.

As we might anticipate from a New Naturalist, this ebook is written by palpable specialists and as we might hope, on this quantity these specialists get their messages and knowledge throughout very properly. I’m now higher geared up to grasp way more in regards to the lives of the bees that go to my backyard, and with this ebook on my cabinets I’ll at all times have the ability to get a helpful recap when wanted.

I used to be notably eager to grasp extra in regards to the Ivy Bee which visits the Ivy on my backyard shed and my backyard fences in late summer time.  I discovered quite a bit about this comparatively newly arrived species so my curiosity can be enhanced, not lowered, subsequent autumn when, on heat sunny days, when the marginally disagreeable aroma of Ivy flowers is heavy within the air, the Ivy Bees are the obvious insect life as I sit wanting up for birds.  Even now I’m wondering the place the bees nest, it could’t be very far-off, however the description of their nesting websites doesn’t appear to suit something of which I’m conscious very shut by.  Hmmm!

My ignorance of bees doesn’t finish with Ivy Bees – it’s just about absolute throughout species – and so I realized quite a bit from these 600 pages of textual content and illustrations.  The illustrations, many images of stripy bugs, however a very good vary of habitat images, graphs, maps and some tables and line drawings are of excellent high quality.  I point out that as a result of I’ve criticised these points of some pretty current New Naturalist volumes – issues appear to have improved significantly.

 

The quilt?  I didn’t instantly ‘see’ it, however now I do. I’d give it 6/10.

Solitary Bees by Ted Benton and Nick Owens is printed by Harper Collins.

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