The Hymenoptera

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The Hymenoptera

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9780198585213: The Hymenoptera

The Hymenoptera--a diverse group of insects that includes bees, ants, and solitary wasps--is by far the largest order of insects in Britain. This volume describes the group's various families, and provides a much-needed introductory survey for nonspecialists. Each account includes a diagnosis of the taxon, comments on the size and geographical distribution of the family, and a synopsis of the biology of the group. Seminal works for the identification of British species are listed and new keys are provided to the families and superfamilies. As there are close resemblances between the British and North American faunas at the family and subfamily levels, this book is relevant to U.S. and Canadian study. Many of the biological examples are based on work done in North America.

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Barry Bolton, both of the Department of Entomology, British Museum (Natural History).


'This book, I am sure, will serve to make the Hymenoptera a far more attractive and accessible group for investigation, and will assume a prominent position on the bookshelves of those to whom the Hymenoptera are already 'user friendly'. TREE April 1989

`This is a uniformly lucid, informative and enthusiastic synthesis whose appropriately wasp-coloured covers are sure to adorn the bookshelves of all who have any scientific interest in the Hymenoptera.' Zoological Journal of the Linean Society

`This is a definitive guide to this interesting and neglected group of British insects and an encyclopaedic reference work on the subject. ... It will appeal mainly to those readers who are already in some degree interested in the group but is equally likely to prove an invaluable reference
work for non-specialists and should certainly find a place on the shelves of university and other technical libraries.'
Entomologists's Record, vol.109

`The book provides updated information on hymenopterans for use by entomologists, students and amateurs. A comprehensive list of references is included that contains over 1,050 literary sources, dating mostly from 1960 to 1996.'
J. Sedivy, European Journal of Entomology 94:560, 1997

`This book makes an excellent introduction to the order ... extremely useful, particularly for people living in Northern Temperate climes ... It is well written, and quite readable, with the authors taking pains to ensure that unusual and specific terminology is understood, this and the 47
pages of references make this a very useful book for interested parties at all levels of expertise, and a valuable addition to any library. Highly Recommended.'
Gordon's Oxford University Press Review Page

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