2002 42 pages (O160)
Bumblebees live mostly in cool, temperate climates occurring throughout North America, Asia and Europe. Some species have adapted to the high altitudes of the Himalayas and to the Arctic areas of North America and Eurasia. A few species live in tropical Central America and in South America along the Andes. There are some bumblebee species in North Africa, but bumblebees are absent from Africa south of the Sahara. This book explains the natural history of these social bees including chapters on colony activity, pests, bumblebees as managed pollinators of crops, and how to encourage bumblebees to live in your garden. The book ends with 11 lovely colour plates of different species of foraging bumblebees.