California Bees & Blooms
By Gordon W. Frankie, Robbin W. Thorp, Rollin E. Coville, and Barbara Ertter
California is home to over sixteen hundred species of undomesticated bees—most of them native—that populate and pollinate our gardens, fields, and urban green spaces. In this absorbing guidebook, some of the state’s preeminent bee and botany experts introduce us to this diverse population. California Bees and Blooms holds a magnifying glass up to the twenty-two most common genera (and six species of cuckoo bees), describing each one’s distinctive behaviors, social structures, flight season, preferred flowers, and enemies. Enhancing these descriptions are photographs of bees so finely detailed they capture pollen scattered across gauzy wings and iridescent exoskeletons.
Heyday Press: Paperback, 6 x 9, 304 pages, with over 200 full-color photographs, diagrams, and illustrations