Although I’m always on the look out for cool books about ants, other than the awesome thrill ride of a movie that came out recently (Ant-Man), not much as crossed my desk. On the other hand, the pile of intriguing books about bees and pollination is growing by the day. This week let’s feature a few. (See the Books about Bees tag or click on the icon below for a list).
First up is Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World by Sam Droege and Laurence Packer, published in July.
Right on the first page, Droege admits that the photographs in this book reveal an unusual look at bees. Rather than glimpses of live bees, the photographs capture the up-close view of preserved specimens under a microscope against a black background, as generally seen by scientists. The results are both eerie and wondrous, as you can see from the example below (not actually from the book).
If you are interested in seeing more images, check out the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Flickr photostream. The good news is that the photographs in the photostream have been generously released into the public domain.
In the book, the photographs are organized by region of the world where the featured bees are found. The bees are identified by scientific and common name, if available, plus the name of the collector and location collected. Each species grouping is accompanied by a paragraph or two of text discussing some of that insect’s unique features. Otherwise, the book has a brief “Contents” page, some information about the photography, and resources for further study, but no index.
Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World is a unique look at the diversity of bees found throughout the world. If you are interested in Hymenoptera in general, and bees in particular, you should check it out.
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Voyageur Press (July 7, 2015)
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