Books about Bees, Wasps, and Pollinator Gardening
Bosch, J., and W. Kemp. 2001. How to Manage the Blue Orchard Bee as an Orchard Pollinator. Sustainable Agriculture Network, Beltsville, MD.
Carley, D. S. and A. M. Spafford. 2021. Pollinator Gardening for the South: Creating Sustainable Habitats. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC.
Carril, O. M. and J. S. Wilson, 2021. Common Bees of Eastern North America. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Danforth, B. N., R. L. Minckley, J. L. Neff, and F. Fawcett. 2019. The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Eaton, E. R. Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Holm, H. Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants. Pollination Press LLC, Minnetonka, MN.
Levenson, H., and E. Youngsteadt. The Bees of North Carolina: An Identification Guide. 2020. NC State Extension, Raleigh, NC.
Mader, E., M. Shepherd, M. Vaughan, S. H. Black, and G. LeBuhn. 2011. Attracting Native Pollinators. Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA.
Mader, E., M. Spivak, and E. Evans. 2010. Managing Alternative Pollinators. Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, Ithaca, NY.
Wilson, J. S. and O. Messinger Carril. 2016. The Bees in Your Backyard. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
Lists of Pollen and Nectar Plants for North Carolina
Chatham Mills Pollinator Paradise Garden
Pollinator Partnership Regional Planting Guides
For North Carolina, choose “Central Appalachian” (mountains), “Southeastern Mixed Forest” (piedmont), or “Outer Coastal” (coastal plain)
Woody Ornamentals for Bee-Friendly Landscapes (University of Kentucky)
The Xerces Society
For North Carolina, choose “Mid Atlantic”
Video Footage of Nest Interior
Commercial Suppliers of Bee Hotel Materials
- Website also includes many useful how-to guides, including instructions for managing loose cocoons
Citizen Science with Bee Hotels
University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab’s Native Buzz webpage
Publication date: July 6, 2022
Other Publications in How to Manage a Successful Bee Hotel
- What is a Bee Hotel?
- Meet the Residents
- Bee Hotel Design and Placement
- What If Bee Hotels Aren’t Actually Good for Bees?
- Appendix 1. Bee Hotel Checklist
- Appendix 2. Plants with Leaves and Fibers Used as Construction Materials in the Nest Interior
- Appendix 3. Plants that Produce Hollow or Pithy Twigs and Stems Used by Nesting Bees in Eastern North America
- Appendix 4. Building Plans for a Simple Bee Hotel Shelter
- Appendix 5. Additional Resources
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