California Bees and Blooms
A Guide For Gardeners and Naturalists
Gordon W. Frankie, Robbin W. Thorp, Rollin E. Coville, and Barbara Ertter
California is home to over sixteen hundred species of undomesticated bees—most of them native—that populate and pollinate our gardens, fields, and urban green spaces. In this absorbing guidebook, some of the state’s preeminent bee and botany experts introduce us to this diverse population. California Bees and Blooms holds a magnifying glass up to the twenty-two most common genera (and six species of cuckoo bees), describing each one’s distinctive behaviors, social structures, flight season, preferred flowers, and enemies. Enhancing these descriptions are photographs of bees so finely detailed they capture pollen scattered across gauzy wings and iridescent exoskeletons.
Drawing from years of research at the UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab, California Bees and Blooms presents an authoritative look at these creatures, emphasizing their vital relationship with flowers. In addition to opening our eyes to the beautiful array of wild bees in our midst, this book provides information on fifty-three bee-friendly plants and how to grow them. Just a few square feet of poppies, sage, and phacelia are enough to sustain a healthy population of wild bees, transforming an urban or suburban garden into a world that hums and buzzes with life.
2014, 320 pages, 6” x 9”, 193 full-color photographs, 1 map, 1 other color illustration, 15 charts and graphs, glossary of bee-related terms, glossary of plant-related terms, Bibliography and Resources, Index. Published by Heyday.
ISBN 978-1-59714-294-6 trade paper
Free Shipping Special
From now to May 15, get free standard shipping on any order over $19
The only exceptions are the rolled Bluewater maps and the rolled Imus maps; the $6 minimum shipping still applies to them, but up to 3 Bluewater Maps ship for the same $6 cost as one, and up to 2 rolled Imus maps are also only $6.
Buy more, save more!
Orders over $40 now get 10% off! Orders over $75 get a whopping 20% off!!
Save now on hundreds of excellent books and maps! Start planning next Summer's adventures.
Books and Maps on Related Topics:
Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah by by Kathy Biggs
Photographs by Pierre Deviche, Jim Johnson, Greg Lasley, Ron Oriti
Aquatic Insects in Alaska by John Hudson, Kathy Hocker & Robert Armstrong
Bees & Other Stinging Insects; Bee Aware and Bee Safe by Heidi Ratner-Connolly & Randy Connolly
Dragonflies of North America Coloring & Activity Book by Kathy Biggs, illustrated by Tim Manolis
Common Dragonflies of California, Second Edition by Kathy Biggs, Color Photos by Rav Bruun
Dragons in the Ponds by Robert H. Armstrong, John Hudson, & Marge Hermans
Common Dragonflies of the Southwest by Kathy Biggs
Dragonflies of Alaska, Second Edition by John Hudson & Robert H. Armstrong
Field Guide to Manzanitas: California, North America, and Mexico by Michael Kauffmann, Tom Parker and Michael Vasey; Photographs by Jeff Bisbee
Articulate Earth; Adventures in Ecocriticism by David Rains Wallace
Conifers of the Pacific Slope by Michael Kauffmann
Take Me to the Tide Pools: An Interactive Guide for Learning about Tide Pool Animals by Text and Photography by David Casterson
Illustrations by Anoosh Moutafian
Walking in Beauty; Growing Up with the Yurok Indians by Harry K. Roberts
The Essential Geography of the United States of America by Imus Geographics
Monterey Bay Map by Bluewater Maps
The Hiker's hip pocket Guide to Sonoma County, 3rd edition by Bob Lorentzen
The Hiker’s hip pocket Guide to the Humboldt/Del Norte Coast, 3rd Ed. by Bob Lorentzen
Notebooks From the Emerald Triangle by A Novel by Bill Bradd
Exploring Eastern Sierra Canyons: Bishop to Lone Pine by Sharon Giacomazzi
Exploring Eastern Sierra Canyons: Sonora Pass to Pine Creek by Sharon Giacomazzi