Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees

(UC Apiaries Newsletter May/June 2012)
Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees
By Beatriz Moisset, Ph.D. & Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D.

The United States Forest Service and the USDA Pollinator Partnership combined forces to produce a beautifully illustrated, 48-page booklet that depicts the various fundamental life histories of quite a few of our most common native bees.  The text for each group covers their life cycle, their favored foods, their nesting habits, and peculiar behaviors of some of the family members. 

As beekeepers, or those with an interest in honey bees, you should become familiar with other bees and bee mimics that you and your neighbors are likely to see in Your gardens and yards.  You probably can “snow” any non-beekeeper you meet with all your knowledge about honey bees, but is that your instant limit on bee knowledge –one species?
 
One of the best things about this publication is that is a print-for-free, pdf download from the following web URL:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf