With 432 pages and nearly 2000 illustrations and photos the book is very comprehensive. The text and photos are by Steven Falk and it is wonderfully illustrated by Richard Lewington. The author makes the point that precise identification of bees is not always possible from photos but I have taken quite a lot(!) of bee photos this past year so this new field guide has enabled me to look back at some of them and work out what they are.
This one, I think, is a female Flavous Nomad Bee (Nomada flava).
And this is a female Fork-jawed Nomad Bee (Nomada ruficornis).
I saw a couple of all black bumblebees. This one is probably a black form of the male Field Cuckoo Bee (Bombus campestris).
And this is obviously a female (pollen in the pollen baskets) and could be a perniger form worker Large Garden Bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus).
This bee I saw in Northumberland in April and is probably a queen Forest Cuckoo Bee (Bombus sylvestris).
This is a Green-eyed Flower Bee (Anthophora bimaculata).
These are a few of the many that I still haven't worked out. If you know what they are please leave a comment.