Bees of Australia

A Photographic Guide

by James Dorey

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/10/2018

RRP  $49.99 $38.35

Discover the beauty and diversity of Australia's native bees.

Bees are the darlings of the insect world. It is a great joy to see these tenacious insects hard at work, peacefully buzzing from flower to flower on warm and sunny days.

Many people recognise the worth of bees, as well as that they face many threats. But very few know about the diversity and importance of our native bee species. There are an estimated 2000 to 3000 bee species in Australia, yet we know very little about the vast majority of these and there are many that are yet to be described.

Bees of Australia introduces some of our incredible native bees, many of which, if you look closely, can be found in your own garden. Open this book wherever you like or read it from cover to cover.

The combination of photography and contributions from many of Australia's leading bee researchers allows anyone to become enthralled by our native bees. Don't be surprised if you find yourself looking closer at every flower that you pass in search of our wonderful native bees.

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James Dorey

I'm driven by my love of nature. For as long as I can remember I always have been. I believe that this love was first instilled in me when growing up surrounded by the rainforest that my father planted around our house.

I carried this interest as a child into my adult years and into my university degree, where I studied a bachelor of science in ecology and zoology at The University of Queensland. Upon beginning my degree my interests were broad and included fish, mammals, birds, plants, reptiles and much more. All of which fascinated me! But I wasn't particularly interested by insects, spiders and the other tiny, unknown creatures that creep in their trillions around, through and above the earth.

In fact in my first year of science I was asked if I wanted to do the course "Insect Science" the following year, to which I scoffed and said something along the lines of "No, definitely not". So what changed? Later that year, I bought a second hand 100mm macro lens for my camera. After that, my world, perspective, focus and passion changed. I was a convert. So this is my mission, I want to be able to provide you with the means to share your passion for nature. Particularly, yet no limited to the tiny and unseen.

I want to share my passion for nature. I am currently completing my Ph.D at Flinders University in Adelaide - looking at the evolution, taxonomy and ecology of Australian native bees!

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