Bees, Wasps, and Ants Few insects are more important than bees, wasps, and ants. They maintain the garden's biological balance, fertilize vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and recycle nutrients within the soil. This book explores the importance of the Hymenoptera and explains how gardeners can encourage (or discourage) them in the garden. Full description
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Great introduction to a feared and misunderstood group of insects23 septembre 2010
Par Afan of Sitagyl Manor - Publié sur Amazon.com
I absolutely love this book and find it to be a most valuable guide to a much-feared group of insects. As a shutterbug new to macro photography of insects, I have become immersed in a world most people ignore unless they are frightened by an aggressive Hymenopteran. The photos in this book are first rate and have helped me with identification of my own tiny subjects. As the author points out, this is not a field guide per se, but a sound introduction to the natural history and biology of these insects. Their roles in nature are complex and fascinating. This book is aimed at serious students of insect life and garden enthusiasts. The writing is clear albeit somewhat technical at times, which is to be expected as it is a science book. The author is especially good on the Parasitoid Wasps, the main focus of his own professional work in the field. If you enjoy above average science books and have an interest in gardening or insect photography you should get yourself a copy of this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Informative and entertaining22 décembre 2010
Par Barbara Pleasant - Publié sur Amazon.com
To an amateur entomologist like me, this book is a dream come true. Eric Grissell uses enough scientific lingo to keep topics clear, but often wanders into personal territory as he explores the lives of bees, wasps and ants. Some of his stories are surprisingly funny!
As head garden writer for Mother Earth News, I initially picked up this book to learn more about wasps and hornets -personal passions for years. Now Grissell has me interested in ants. Although I don't have room for more books, I'm making room for this one next to Whitney Cranshaw's Garden Insects of North America. If you're fascinated by insects, you need both.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5An Essential Book for the Organic Gardener and Bug Watcher30 avril 2011
Par David B Richman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Eric Grissell was one of my instructors in a short course in parasitic Hymenoptera that I took at the University of Maryland a number of years ago. All of my instructors were excellent and Eric was particularly good. It was thus with some interest that I picked up his book "Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens" at the local library. I was not disappointed as his book is a gem! With well-written chapters and beautiful color photographs it is just what the home organic gardener and insect watcher would want to understand an important component of the ecosystem. As it turns out the Hymenoptera contains among its members numerous natural enemies of insect pests and a plethora of pollinators. While ants may sometimes invade our homes and bees, wasps and ants my sting us, they more than make up for their faults (from our point of view) by the numerous services that they provide. One could easily get lost just in studying their behavior, but the fruit and vegetable crops that they protect and pollinate are a great bonus. Eric Grissell has provided a fascinating glimpse of their secret life within our backyards and has in the process provided the home gardener with essential knowledge for the production of a bounty of pesticide-free crops.
I recommend this volume without reservation!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Thorough, scholarly resource14 janvier 2012
Par Pat - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a clearly written and very informative book and a good resource for anyone with an interest in the subject. It's not a "coffee table" book, although the pictures are excellent, so I'd say the target audience may be more the naturalist rather than the photographer.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5Not for the casual naturalist10 novembre 2012
Par Fern - Publié sur Amazon.com
Although I identify myself as an amateur naturalist, I must sheepishly disagree with all the praise other readers have heaped upon this book.
I came to read it as a longtime gardener who is always interested in learning more about the natural world in her own backyard. I am also an E.O. Wilson fan after reading his The Diversity of Life.
While the book is clearly written (and the author has a bit of a sense of humor), getting through it has been a bit of a slog. I don't agree with other reviewers here that this book is ideal for gardeners or others several notches below professional entomologist or serious student. I felt that the author spent too much time delving into the classification of Hymenoptera: the many different families, subfamilies, species and so on. It was just more technical than I needed and there seemed to be so much ground to cover that it became fairly repetitive after a while. I was more interested in the behavioral aspects of these insects and the pivotal role they play in the garden ecosystem.