n African Entomology - Pollen Wasps and Flowers in Southern Africa, S.K. Gess & F.W. Gess
Wasps and Bees in Southern Africa, S.K. Gess & F.W. Gess : book review

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



A formidable team, Sarah and Fred Gess spent in excess of 40 years patiently observing the lives of wasps and bees on numerous extended field trips, mostly into the more arid western areas of southern Africa. Their passion for insects, combined with careful observation and dedicated documentation of data facilitated the elucidation of the intricate nature of the ecology and behaviour of Africa's wasps and bees. With their complementary expertise and skills, Fred and Sarah compiled a comprehensive knowledge base that will serve the scientific and conservation communities well into the future. The culminated data are now available in two excellent SANBI publications, both richly illustrated with colour photographs and containing a wealth of biological information, providing valuable baseline data for future conservation assessments.

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