5 thoughts on “Attracting Native Pollinators; Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies

  1. A “Bee-friendly” focus in our garden club had me searching for a source of relevant local information. I hit the jackpot with this Xerces Society Guide which not only has a whole section on Bees of North America (Part 3, includes photos, list of identifying features, drawings close to scale), but also practical advice on garden planning, native plants to encourage healthy pollinators, and how to grow them (Part 4).

    A great reference guide that I will definitely come back to.

    Four parts:

    1. Polli

  2. By now it is a known fact that bees are dying. But when that subject is in the news, it is almost always honeybee populations that are discussed. This book could be subtitled, “Thinking Outside the Honeybee Box.” This book says, there are other bees besides honeybees. There are mason bees, sweat bees, digger bees, bumble bees, leafcutter bees. They live in holes in the ground, or in cracks in walls, or in hollow stems. Some of them are better pollinators than honeybees, spending more hours a day

  3. Once in awhile there are certain books that come along that every home library must have. Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide to Conserving North American Bees and Butterflies and Their Habitat is one of those books that should sit on every shelf. It has solidly placed itself as the reference book for designing and attracting pollinators. It’s packed full of valuable information and filled with beautiful photographs of insects and plants. Many pollinators are looked at clos

  4. A great book about native pollinators. Admittedly, I just skimmed many of the chapters as they weren’t totally applicable to what I’m doing. I learned so much from reading this book. I had no idea that there were four thousand(!!!!) species of native bees in North America that have nothing to do with honey bees (which are imports from Europe). Good info, and I’m inspired to do more to help native pollinators.

  5. Attracting Native Pollinators is worth buying just for the eye candy. Every page has at least one stunning photograph or fascinating drawing, and I found it hard to tear my eyes away.

    The text is a bit more hit or miss. The information is spot on, but the book is written by a committee who couldn’t seem to decide whether they were working on a textbook or a guide for enthusiastic DIYers. I suspect some of the early chapters will turn many enthusiasts like me away, but if you keep plugging along,

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