ATTRACTING NATIVE POLLINATORS: Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies
The Xerces Society Guide
Xerces Society Staff Members
2011, 371 pages, color photos throughout. More than 70% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to set seed or fruit. These plants provide one-third of the planet’s food.
This book is a comprehensive guide for everyone with a garden, for beekeepers, entomologists, and naturalists. Excellent color photos illustrate more than 80 species of native pollinators – including bees, flies, butterflies, wasps, and moths – noting each one’s range and habits. The guide provides four detailed sections.
Part 1 contains both general and specific information about pollinators and pollinators, their natural history and habitat needs.
Part 2 provides rxtensive information on ways to help pollinators, and on creating nesting and egg-laying sites and safe foraging areas. It includes guidance on conserving pollinators in all kinds of landscapes: gardens, natural areas, farms, recreation land, even ecoroofs. .
Part 3 covers bees of North America. It provides help with identifying the more abundant and important bee species, and supplies detailed profiles of more than thirty commonly encountered genera.
Part 4 provides information on creating a pollinator-friendly landscape with 50 pages of regional plant lists for native pollinator gardens. Separate sections cover wildflowers, native trees and shrubs, garden and pasture plants, with a color photo, exposure, soil moisture, bloom time, flower color, maximum height, regions, and comments about each. There is also has a listing of many butterflies and their host plants arranged alphabetically by family.
The guide was co-authored by four Xerces Society staff members. Paperback; 7 x 10″.
About Xerces Society, – The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For over forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape shows how various kinds of land, including urban gardens, suburban parks, and farms, can be enhanced to support diverse pollinator populations. Sample planting designs and fifty pages of illustrated plant lists facilitate selection of the best plants for any region.
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