bee illustration

I realized that I had posted about this new publication on Twitter, but not here–this must be remedied ASAP!
A beautiful publication was recently released by the USDA Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership:

Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees
By Beatriz Moisset and Stephen Buchmann.

“The full-color 40 page booklet is jam-packed with information about how representative bees of 3,500 species inhabiting the US and bordering areas make a living, which flowers they visit, whether they nest underground or in hollow stems or wood. The diversity of bees is examined along with notes on their wasp ancestry. The lives of leafcutter, mason, bumble bees, miners and others is explored…. Tips for easy things gardeners, home owners and naturalists can do to protect and conserve bees and their flowers are given. “

It is about as nice an introduction to basic bee biology as you could ask for, with the bonus of beautiful artwork.  If you haven’t downloaded your free copy of the PDF, get with the clicking!!

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. thanks bug girl. this is an important little book and it is beautiful to boot!

  2. Great resource, wonderful descriptions and illustrations. I’m going to share this with as many people as I can.

  3. Ditto and ditto. Native bees don’t get nearly enough credit.

  4. Thanks, Bug Girl. I just want to add this link for anybody who wants to order the actual book:
    (“Pollinator Partnership books are free, but we do ask for the cost of shipping and handling.”)
    The next project is: Pollinators and other flower visitors. A field guide for young people (

  5. Just wanted to add to the praise for this publication – I’m in the UK, but there’s lots in this that is relevant and it is really beautifully illustrated.

  6. I just wanted to say what a great book and that I have learnt so much. I found it really interesting and the illustrations are great and very helpful. I originally downloaded for my son for school and we both loved it. I found it really interesting that the grubs in the came from Carpenter Bees. I would never have thought that.

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