Bound in original green cloth, gilt in pictorial dust wrapper, which has slightly sunned spine. A little wear to extremities, but otherwise very good copy.



Collins, St James Place.,






By john b. free m.a., ph.d and colin g. butler m.a., ph.d., f.r.p.s. bee department rothamsted experimental station. with two appendices by ian h. h. yarrow m.a., ph.d. entomology department british museum (natural history). illustrated with 46 photographs by colin g. butler.
(the new naturalist. 40).

Item Description

FIRST EDITION. xiv + 208 pp. + [1] pp. publisher's advertisement.


Illustrated by colour frontispiece, by 24 black and white photographic plates and by 3 text figures. Decorated by series device on title page.


When Bumblebees was first published it was the definitive handbook to the British species and an original and classic contribution to our knowledge of the instincts and habits of social insects. Colin Gasking Butler (1913-2016) was the British entomologist who first isolated the 'queen substance' pheromone. John Brand Free (1917-2006) was a colleague of Butler at Rothamsted and the author of a number of works on insects and bees. As the print run was comparatively low, this title is, 'consequently scarce and holds a fabled position within the series' (Bernhard and Loe).

[Stock No. 25123]

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