Pollinator Resources

Bombus griseocollis foraging on Amsonia
Here are a few of my favorite online and print resources for anyone interested in bees and other pollinators.

BeeSpotter. (Website).
https://beespotter.org/. (Citizen science site with bumblebee identification charts.)

Holm, H. (2014). Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants. MN: Pollination Press. (Great book for beginning and experienced native plant gardeners.)

Holm, H. Restoring the Landscape with Native Plants. (Blog). (Excellent photography and descriptions.) http://www.restoringthelandscape.com/ 

Illinois Wildflowers. (Website.) http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/. (Photos, descriptions and fauna associations, including pollinators, of many species by Dr. John Hilty.) 

Lee-M├Ąder, E., Hopwood,J.,  Vaughan, M., Black, S.H., & Morandin, L. (2014). Farming with Native Beneficial Insects. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing. (Useful for gardeners, as well as farmers.)

Mader, E., Shepherd, M., Vaughan, M., Black, S., & LeBuhn, G. (2011). Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies. North Adams MA: Storey Publishing. (Great book for beginners.)

Moisset, B., & Buchman, S. (n.d.). Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees. USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership. (Nice, downloadable overview.) http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/documents/BeeBasics.pdf

Packer, L. (2010). Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are at Risk and What We Can Do to Save Them. Toronto: Harper Collins. (Engaging book by a well known entomologist.)

Schweitzer, D. F., Capuano, N. A., Young, B. E., & Colla, S. (2012). Conservation and Management of North American Bumblebees. USDA Forest Service and NaturServe. (Downloadable and useful for the more experienced.)

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. (Website.) (Native plant and landscaping society.) http://www.wildones.org/

Williams, P.H., Thorp, R.W., Richardson, L., & Colla, S. (2014). Bumblebees of North America: An Identification Guide. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Excellent, detailed guide for the serious bee spotter.)

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. (Website). (Go-to resource for everyone.)

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