Books about Bees, Wasps, and Pollinator Gardening
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
Pollinator Partnership Regional Planting Guides
For North Carolina, choose “Central Appalachian” (mountains), “Southeastern Mixed Forest” (piedmont), or “Outer Coastal” (coastal plain)
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
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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