What other reading materials are available?

As more research is conducted each year, we learn more about pollinators and the factors impacting their survival. There is now a large body of scholarly research and books available online. In addition to the more scientific literature, there are books of poetry, novels and other writing for lovers of pollinators. Below is a list of some favorites.

Please share with us your favorite pollinator books, poems and papers as links so we can include them, as we have time.


  • Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide, Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies

  • Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide by Paul H. Williams, Robbin W. Thorp, Leif L. Richardson and Sheila R. Colla

  • Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects by the Xerces Society

  • Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies and Other Pollinators by Rhonda Fleming Hayes

  • Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants by Heather N. Holm

  • The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant Flower-Filled Yard That Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity by Kate Frey, Gretchen Lebuhn and Leslie Lindell

  • Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North American Bees by Joseph S. Wilson and Oliva J. Messinger Carril

  • The Bee: A Natural History by Noah Wilson Rich

  • A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson

  • A World Without Bees by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum