Bees, Wasps, and Hornets and How They Live

Bees, Wasps, and Hornets and How They Live

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: 1971
Series: Robert McClung "How They Live"

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What do horntails, chalcids, fairyflies, tarantula hawks, and braconids have in common, besides their strange names? They belong to the order of membrane-winged insects, along with the more familiar bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. altogether some 16,000 species inhabit North America.

In a well-organized survey Robert McClung explores the differences and similarities among the members of this group. He describes their physical characteristics, metamorphosis, nest building, and feeding. One common feature of many is the stinger, and the author explains how it evolved. The section on the honeybee is especially interesting because of the close relationship that exists between this species and man. Though the practice of beekeeping goes back at least four or five thousand years, only recently have scientists understood the tail-wagging dance of the worker honeybee, signaling distance and direction to food source. In conclusion, Mr. McClung points out the ecological value of bees and wasps.

Written simply and illustrated profusely with clear line and wash drawings, the book contributes much helpful information to the author's series on insect life. 

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