Re: 20 Common Bee Species in Pennsylvania
Good morning everyone,
I get the daily digest, so am a little behind in joining this conversation. Like others who work with grower, gardeners, etc., I’ve been asked many time what the common bees are in an area. Since bird lists or butterfly lists are so commonly available, it’s no surprise that people ask.
I’m very happy to say that our new book will be released in late February. Published by Storey Publishing, Attracting Native Pollinators includes plenty of information about the natural history of bee, butterflies, wasps, flies, and beetles, plus guidance on choosing plants, creating nest sites, etc. However, of most relevance to this discussion, the book has a section on bee of North America containing detailed profiles of 30+ common or abundant bee genera. The profiles include basic ID, nesting and foraging habits, and any interesting factoids. This is not a field guide akin to the Kaufmann or NWF guides—photos are limited to one per genus—but a more in depth treatment of bees people are likely to encounter.
There is more information on our website, www.xerces.org. Release is slated for late February.
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