California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists

California Bees and Blooms: A Guide for Gardeners and Naturalists

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597142946
Publisher: Heyday
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 520,163
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Bernhardt viii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 The Buzz about Bees 1

What Is a Bee? 1

Anatomy of the Bee 7

Stings and Things 11

Bee Seasons 11

Mimicry: Bees and Their Look-alikes 16

Entering the Bee World 22

2 Observing Bees Commonly Found in California Urban Gardens 23

The Profiles

3 Andrenidae 41

4 Apidae 45

5 Colletidae 77

6 Halictidae 83

7 Megachilidae 95

8 Natural Enemies of Bees, Including Cuckoo Bees 107

Natural Enemies of Bees 107

Cuckoo Bees 118

Cuckoo Bee Parasites of Genera in This Volume 126

9 Bees and Flowers: A Love Affair 127

What Is a Flower? 127

It's All about the Economy! 129

The Art of Enticement 134

Thinking Like a Bee 136

Bee Favorites 140

10 Plant Profiles: Urban California's Best Bee Attractors 145

11 Recipes for a Bee-Friendly Habitat Garden 217

Rules of Thumb 218

The Recipes 221

Bringing Back the Natives Garden 221

Native Bee Sanctuary Garden 224

Bee-Attractive Food Garden 226

Brown Thumb Garden 228

What to Expect 229

Nesting Habitat 232

Observation Nests 237

12 Beyond Bee Gardening: Taking Action on Behalf of Native Bees 239

Citizen Science 240

Spreading the Word 245

On-the-Ground Conservation 255

The Tapestry of Life 258

Appendix A Naming Bees 261

Appendix B Naming Plants 265

Appendix C Inconsistent Bee Plants 267

Appendix D Useful Resources for Bee Biology and Identification 269

Glossary of Bee-Related Terms 273

Glossary of Plant-Related Terms 279

References 281

Art and Photography Credits 285

Index 287

About the Authors 295

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