Bumblebees: Ecology and Behaviour Dave Goulson

ISBN: 9780198526070

Published: August 28th 2003

Paperback

248 pages


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Bumblebees: Ecology and Behaviour  by  Dave Goulson

Bumblebees: Ecology and Behaviour by Dave Goulson
August 28th 2003 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 248 pages | ISBN: 9780198526070 | 10.78 Mb

Bumblebees have always been favoured subjects for scientific study, but research has accelerated in recent years. Many new discoveries have been made with regard to their ecology and social behaviour. Since the 1980s we have seen theMoreBumblebees have always been favoured subjects for scientific study, but research has accelerated in recent years.

Many new discoveries have been made with regard to their ecology and social behaviour. Since the 1980s we have seen the commercialization of bumblebee breeding for pollination and the invasion of new parts of the globe by bumblebee species, with potentially far-reaching consequences.

Despite this, there is a great deal that we do not know about bumblebees. Their nests are hard to locate, so that those of some species have never been found. Fundamental aspects of the behaviour of many species, such as mating, have never been seen. Bumblebees are undergoing a widespread decline, but this has not yet caught the attention of the general public to the same extent as, for example, the plight of rare butterflies or birds. But bumblebees are probably of far greater ecological and economic importance than these groups because the pollination of crops and the survival of many wildflowers depend upon them.

This title attempts to draw attention to the importance of conserving dwindling bumblebee populations.



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