10" w x 8" h, 228 Pages, Paperback
"It would be hard to imagine a book more chock full of the information we need to save our native bees. From helpful ID tips, to body size ranges, to seasonal distribution, to 99 species of the trees, shrubs, and perennials preferred by 27 genera of our most common bees, Heather Holm covers it all. This is the book pollination biologists and homeowners alike have been waiting for!"
Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home
BEES: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide
This well-illustrated guide captures the beauty, diversity, and engaging world of bees and the native plants that support them. Superbly designed and organized, this is an indispensable source of information with extensive profiles for twenty-seven bee genera, plus twelve mini profiles for uncommon genera, and approximately one hundred native trees, shrubs, and perennials for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast regions. With over 1500 stunning photographs, detailed descriptions, and accessible science, environmental educator and research assistant Heather Holm brings to light captivating information about bees’ life cycles, habitats, diet, foraging behaviors, crops pollinated, nesting lifestyles, seasonality, and preferred native forage plants.
Bees are a singularly fascinating group of insects and this book makes it possible to observe, attract, and support them in their natural setting or in one’s own garden. Not only does this guide assist the reader with bee identification in the field or by photo, it also notes microscopic features for the advanced user. The factors impacting bee populations, and the management of farms and public and residential landscapes for bees are also covered.
Included in the bee forage (plant) chapters are plant profiles with range maps, habitat information, floral features and attractants, common bees attracted to the particular plant, and details about the ecological connections between the native plant and other flower-visiting insects. Noted also are birds dependent upon the product of the pollinated flowers (fruits and seeds). This is an excellent reference for amateur and professional naturalists, educators, gardeners, farmers, students, nature photographers, insect enthusiasts, biologists, and anyone interested in learning more about the diversity and biology of bees and their connection to native plants and the natural world.
"Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide is a must-have for anyone who has an interest in plants, pollinators, or nature. It is an amazing resource of interesting facts about our native bees and the native plants they visit, accompanied by stunning photographs, presented in an easy to read, engaging way. It will open your eyes to the diversity around us, make you look closer at every flower you pass to see what bees are busy visiting, and have you finding room in your garden to add some of the featured plants that are both beautiful and beneficial for pollinators."
Victoria MacPhail, Pollination Biologist and Co-Chair, Pollination Guelph