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The Beekeeper's Problem Solver: 100 Common Problems Explored and Explained

The Beekeeper's Problem Solver: 100 Common Problems Explored and Explained Lowest new price: $12.64
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Author: James E. Tew
Brand: Tew James E

Beekeeping requires understanding, commitment, and attention to detail. Laying the groundwork for a successful hive is essential, and demands a keen appreciation of critical areas like hive management, breed choice, and health requirements.

Bees often disguise problems, though, making recognizing trouble in the crucial, initial stages that much more difficult. Whether you're a newcomer or an old hand, The Beekeeper's Problem Solver provides the information you need to nip problems in the bud, or avoid them in the first place.

Author, experienced beekeeper, and apiary expect, James E. Tew, explains 100 common problems faced by beekeepers. He clearly spells out their underlying causes, and how to solve all of them. Each one is tackled in depth, with photographs and diagrams, as well as a wide range of practical tips and useful insights. Don’t lose your hive to something preventable, just grab your problem solver!

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  • The Beekeeper s Problem Solver 100 Common Problems Explored and Explained

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Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History (Princeton Field Guides)

Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History (Princeton Field Guides) Lowest new price: $18.73
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Author: David L. Wagner
Brand: Ca Princeton Fulfillment
Model: PR9780691121444

This lavishly illustrated guide will enable you to identify the caterpillars of nearly 700 butterflies and moths found east of the Mississippi. The more than 1,200 color photographs and two dozen line drawings include numerous exceptionally striking images. The giant silk moths, tiger moths, and many other species covered include forest pests, common garden guests, economically important species, and of course, the Mescal Worm and Mexican Jumping Bean caterpillars. Full-page species accounts cover almost 400 species, with up to six images per species including an image of the adult plus succinct text with information on distribution, seasonal activity, foodplants, and life history. These accounts are generously complemented with additional images of earlier instars, closely related species, noteworthy behaviors, and other intriguing aspects of caterpillar biology.


Many caterpillars are illustrated here for the first time. Dozens of new foodplant records are presented and erroneous records are corrected. The book provides considerable information on the distribution, biology, and taxonomy of caterpillars beyond that available in other popular works on Eastern butterflies and moths. The introductory chapter covers caterpillar structure, life cycles, rearing, natural enemies, photography, and conservation. The section titled "Caterpillar Projects" will be of special interest to educators.


Given the dearth of accessible guides on the identification and natural history of caterpillars, Caterpillars of Eastern North America is a must for entomologists and museum curators, forest managers, conservation biologists and others who seek a compact, easy-to-use guide to the caterpillars of this vast region.




  • A compact guide to nearly 700 caterpillars east of the Mississippi, from forest pests to garden guests and economically important species

  • 1,200 color photos and 24 line drawings enable easy identification

  • Full-page species accounts with image of adult insect for almost 400 species, plus succinct text on distribution and other vital information

  • Many caterpillars illustrated here for the first time

  • Current information on distribution, biology, and taxonomy not found in other popular works

  • A section geared toward educators, "Caterpillar Projects"

  • An indispensable resource for all who seek an easy-to-use guide to the caterpillars of this vast region

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The Book of Beetles: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems

The Book of Beetles: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems Lowest new price: $33.01
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Author: Patrice Bouchard
Brand: St phane Le Tirant Patrice Bouchard Arthur V Evans

When renowned British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane was asked what could be inferred about God from a study of his works, Haldane replied, “An inordinate fondness for beetles.” With 350,000 known species, and scientific estimates that millions more have yet to be identified, their abundance is indisputable as is their variety.  They range from the delightful summer firefly to the one-hundred-gram Goliath beetle. Beetles offer a dazzling array of shapes, sizes, and colors that entice scientists and collectors across the globe.

The Book of Beetles celebrates the beauty and diversity of this marvelous insect. Six hundred significant beetle species are covered, with each entry featuring a distribution map, basic biology, conservation status, and information on cultural and economic significance. Full-color photos show the beetles both at their actual size and enlarged to show details, such as the sextet of spots that distinguish the six-spotted tiger beetle or the jagged ridges of the giant-jawed sawyer beetle. Based in the most up-to-date science and accessibly written, the descriptive text will appeal to researchers and armchair coleopterists alike.

The humble beetle continues to grow in popularity, taking center stage in biodiversity studies, sustainable agriculture programs, and even the dining rooms of adventurous and eco-conscious chefs. The Book of Beetles is certain to become the authoritative reference on these remarkably adaptable and beautiful creatures.

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  • The Book of Beetles A Life Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature s Gems

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The Bee: A Natural History

The Bee: A Natural History Lowest new price: $15.63
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Author: Noah Wilson-Rich
Brand: Princeton University Press - Ingram Publish
Model: PR9780691161358

Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive. Bees are crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants, and the economic contributions of these irreplaceable insects measure in the tens of billions of dollars each year. Yet bees are dying at an alarming rate, threatening food supplies and ecosystems around the world. In this richly illustrated natural history of the bee, Noah Wilson-Rich and his team of bee experts provide a window into the vitally important role that bees play in the life of our planet.

Earth is home to more than 20,000 bee species, from fluorescent-colored orchid bees and sweat bees to flower-nesting squash bees and leaf-cutter bees. This book takes an incomparable look at this astounding diversity, blending an engaging narrative with practical, hands-on discussions of such topics as beekeeping and bee health. It explores our relationship with the bee over evolutionary time, delving into how it came to be, where it stands today, and what the future holds for humanity and bees alike.

  • Provides an accessible, illustrated look at the human–bee relationship over time
  • Features a section on beekeeping and handy go-to guides to the identification, prevention, and treatment of honey bee diseases
  • Covers bee evolution, ecology, genetics, and physiology
  • Includes a directory of notable bee species
  • Presents a holistic approach to bee health, including organic and integrated pest management techniques
  • Shows what you can do to help bee populations

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  • The Bee A Natural History

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Hidden Kingdom: The Insect Life of Costa Rica (Zona Tropical Publications)

Hidden Kingdom: The Insect Life of Costa Rica (Zona Tropical Publications) Lowest new price: $25.22
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Author: Piotr Naskrecki

Encounter some of the most beautiful creatures in Costa Rica in Piotr Naskrecki’s Hidden Kingdom. This book is a visual journey into the world of the insects and their relatives that dominate all terrestrial habitats in Costa Rica through their sheer numbers, biomass, and the ecological functions they perform. Naskrecki’s stunning photographs serve as both a tool to help identify the insects that a visitor to Costa Rica is likely to encounter, and as an illustration of their diverse behaviors and ecological roles.

Through high-impact imagery and engaging narrative about insects and their evolutionary history, this book, an ideal companion on a visit to Costa Rica, reinforces or awakens in the readers their innate curiosity about the less appreciated elements of life on Earth. Each section of the book presents fascinating and useful facts about Costa Rica’s insects. Naskrecki’s photographs show the variety of morphological adaptations, survival strategies, and interlocking roles that insects play in tropical ecosystems.

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Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants

Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants Lowest new price: $12.39
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Author: Eleanor Spicer Rice
Brand: Spicer Rice Eleanor

Did you know that for every human on earth, there are about one million ants? They are among the longest-lived insects—with some ant queens passing the thirty-year mark—as well as some of the strongest. Fans of both the city and countryside alike, ants decompose dead wood, turn over soil (in some places more than earthworms), and even help plant forests by distributing seeds. But while fewer than thirty of the nearly one thousand ant species living in North America are true pests, we cringe when we see them marching across our kitchen floors.

No longer! In this witty, accessible, and beautifully illustrated guide, Eleanor Spicer Rice, Alex Wild, and Rob Dunn metamorphose creepy-crawly revulsion into myrmecological wonder. Emerging from Dunn’s ambitious citizen science project Your Wild Life (an initiative based at North Carolina State University), Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants provides an eye-opening entomological overview of the natural history of species most noted by project participants—and even offers tips on keeping ant farms in your home. Exploring species from the spreading red imported fire ant to the pavement ant, and featuring Wild’s stunning photography, this guide will be a tremendous resource for teachers, students, and scientists alike. But more than this, it will transform the way we perceive the environment around us by deepening our understanding of its littlest inhabitants, inspiring everyone to find their inner naturalist, get outside, and crawl across the dirt—magnifying glass in hand.

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Pheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley

Pheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley Lowest new price: $42.66
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Author: Christopher Marley
Brand: Brand: Pomegranate

This book presents the compositions of Christopher Marley: assemblages of real insect bodies that display brilliant color and otherworldly form. The colors are entirely natural, and to render the reproductions as accurate as possible some have been reproduced with fifth-color metallic inks and highlighted with spot varnish. Accompanying the broad sample of Marley's work is a series of essays by the artist: "Design of Insects," "Insects in Design," "History," "Color," "The Coleoptera Mosaics: An Exercise in Color," "Repetition," "Structure," "Texture," "Variations," "Botanicals," "Size," and "Environmental Effects."

Christopher Marley was born in Covina, California, and grew up near Salem, Oregon.

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Beginning Beekeeping: Everything You Need to Make Your Hive Thrive!

Beginning Beekeeping: Everything You Need to Make Your Hive Thrive! Lowest new price: $14.84
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Author: Tanya Phillips
Brand: ALPHA

Beginning Beekeeping is a simple, straightforward approach that gives you the basics to get started with beekeeping, while following a balanced, objective approach that weighs the pros and cons of conventional and organic methodologies.

Featuring more than 120 beautiful color photos, this guide will help you will learn how to foster and maintain healthy, vibrant hive colonies, as well as to incorporate the various techniques and practices for keeping bees using conventional as well as more natural practices. In addition, you will learn how to troubleshoot and treat potential hive issues such as swarming, combating common pests, and alleviating other potentially destructive hive conditions. This helpful guide also explores how to create hives that are self-sustaining, with minimal intervention from the keeper. Additional content also covers how to maximize the benefits of a backyard hive for a more vibrant garden as well as rich, bountiful honey harvests.

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  • ALPHA

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Insects Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)

Insects Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book) Lowest new price: $2.95
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Author: Jan Sovak
Brand: Dover Publications
Model: FBA-|288838

In terms of numbers, distribution, and long-term survival, insects are probably the most successful of all animals. Entomologists estimate there are more than two million living species, at least half of them as yet unidentified. In this volume, illustrator Jan Sovak has captured the astonishing diversity of size, shape, and coloration in the insect world in precise, carefully researched depictions of 45 species: elephant stag beetle, earwig, giant desert scorpion, walking stick, tiger beetle, desert tarantula, black widow spider, human flea, pleasing fungus beetle, and many more. By coloring these plates, colorists will not only enjoy hours of coloring fun but also learn, through informative captions, fascinating facts about insect life.

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  • DO27998-7
  • 9780486279985
  • Brand New Item / Unopened Product
  • Dover

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Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide, Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies

Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide, Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies Lowest new price: $17.67
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Author: The Xerces Society
Brand: Eric Mader

With the recent decline of the European honey bee, it is more important than ever to encourage the activity of other native pollinators to keep your flowers beautiful and your grains and produce plentiful. In Attracting Native Pollinators, you’ll find ideas for building nesting structures and creating a welcoming habitat for an array of diverse pollinators that includes not only bees, but butterflies, moths, and more. Take action and protect North America’s food supply for the future, while at the same time enjoying a happily bustling landscape.

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