In this richly illustrated guide, Bees of Costa Rica, leading bee experts showcase the diversity of bees in Costa Rica and the myriad ways in which they interact with flowers and people.
Costa Rica is home to 117 bee genera and approximately 700 bee species. Focusing on the five bee families present in Costa Rica, the authors describe the bees' general physical traits, foraging and mating behavior, and nest characteristics. Chapters cover the relationships between bees and other insects, profiles of plants pollinated by bees, and practical suggestions for bee conservation.
With identification keys and more than 150 color photographs, Bees of Costa Rica is essential for anyone looking to learn about and protect these important pollinators in Costa Rica and beyond.
1. Bee Terminology
2. Biology of Bees
3. Profiles of Common Bee Genera in Costa Rica
4. Insects and Mites Associated with Bees
5. Relationships between Bees and Flowers
6. Profiles of Flowering Plants that Attract Bees
7. Costa Rican Crops and Bees
8. The Conservation of Bees
Authors: Paul Hanson, Mauricio Fernández Otárola, Jorge Lobo Segura, Gordon W. Frankie, Rollin Coville, Ingrid Aguilar Monge, Mariana Acuña Cordero, and Eduardo Herrera González
Technical Editor: Sara L. Witt