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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    This is probably the best book ever written on Bumblebees even still
    http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/support...bumblebees.pdf
    You're not wrong! That is a *cracking* book, packed with insight and detail I haven't seen elsewhere. Thanks for posting the link GG.

    Two points on cuckoo bees. They have smokey wings which I think you can see in Kitta's photos. They also have thickened cuticles which serve them well in their tussles inside the nests of other species before they take over. Sladen describes the process of nest usurpation really well.

    Why smokey wings? I reckon it is a side effect of having genes that give thick cuticles.

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    You can still buy copies on Amazon I think, But he was so far ahead of his time for the times he lived in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    You can still buy copies on Amazon I think, But he was so far ahead of his time for the times he lived in.
    True, you can buy the reprint from Amazon for 34 but you can also buy it from Northern Bee Books for just 15.45.

    http://www.northernbeebooks.co.uk/bo...books/page/22/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gavin View Post
    True, you can buy the reprint from Amazon for 34 but you can also buy it from Northern Bee Books for just 15.45.

    http://www.northernbeebooks.co.uk/bo...books/page/22/

    G.
    Or you can wait (while reading the excellent pdf which Greengage linked) and then buy an original copy which'll give you an edge against a rainy summer day .

    While searching for a different (queen rearing) book I've honestly seen two first eds of Sladen's Humble-bee go, in the last five or six months for less than 40 each and this was from respected book dealers not intenet-auction-frenzy-sites. One of them was a particularly fine copy.

    Knowledge is fine whatever cover it comes in but some formats will be worth more tomorrow while others will simply depreciate. Bargains are out there, just waiting to be had by the patient searcher.
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    ......Not that I'm trying to deflect trade from NBB, a company which should be thought of as a National Treasure by all beekeepers.

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