I think this is the first field guide to bees for the United States!
Here is the book that I've been working on for the past two years! Noel Pugh, the illustrator, was finishing up a certificate in scientific illustration at UC-Santa Cruz and asked if he could do some drawings for the Great Sunflower website. As soon as I saw his bee faces (see the ones below!), I knew we had to do something more with them! I wrote the guide to give people some tools for telling the different bees that they see. While titled "Guide to Common Bees of California", I wrote this book so it could be used all across the United States. The keys and description of the genera work for everywhere!
University of California Press says, "This engaging and easy-to-use natural history guidebook provides a thorough overview of native and honey bee biology and offers tools for identifying the most common bees of California and the Western United States. Full-color illustrations introduce readers to more than 30 genera of native bees, noting each one's needs and habits and placing them in their wider context. The author highlights bees’ ties to our own lives, the food we eat, and the habitat we provide, and suggests ways to support bees in our own backyards.In addition to helping readers understand and distinguish among major groups of bees, this guide reveals how bees are an essential part of healthy ecosystem and how many plants, including important crop plants, depend on the pollination they provide. As growing evidence points to declining bee populations, this book offers critical information about the bond between plants and pollinators, and between humans and nature. Thoroughly researched and full of new insights into the ancient process of pollination, Field Guide to the Common Bees of California; Including Bees of the Western United States is invaluable for the window it opens onto the biodiversity, adaptive range, and complexity of invertebrate communities."
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