This pocket-sized, 110-page guide introduces
bees of the Great Lakes region and their favored native plants – wildflowers.
The spiral-bound book’s photos and descriptions will help farmers and gardeners
identify the many species of bees inhabiting Michigan and surrounding states,
and the native plants that can be grown to provide pollen and nectar. The
guide’s pollinator section offers tips for identifying bee species,
descriptions of their behavior and contribution to pollination. The featured
herbaceous plants can be used in farms, gardens and urban landscapes to help
conserve bees. Each plant’s page describes preferred growing conditions, flower
characteristics, common pollinators it attracts and best companion plants. This
publication discusses the wider view of bee conservation and various approaches
for ensuring a diversity of bees in your landscape. Farmers and gardeners will
find useful information for exploring these fascinating and valuable insects
and learn how adding native plant diversity into gardens, fields and other
landscapes can provide bees with the resources they need to survive and thrive.