The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees


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Author: Joseph S. Wilson & Olivia J. Messinger Carril
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 8″ x 10″


The Bees in Your Backyard provides an engaging introduction to the roughly 4,000 different bee species found in the United States and Canada, dispelling common myths about bees while offering essential tips for telling them apart in the field.

The book features more than 900 stunning color photos of the bees living all around us—in our gardens and parks, along nature trails, and in the wild spaces between. It describes their natural history, including where they live, how they gather food, their role as pollinators, and even how to attract them to your own backyard. Ideal for amateur naturalists and experts alike, it gives detailed accounts of every bee family and genus in North America, describing key identification features, distributions, diets, nesting habits, and more.

  • Provides the most comprehensive and accessible guide to all bees in the United States and Canada
  • Features more than 900 full-color photos
  • Offers helpful identification tips and pointers for studying bees
  • Includes a full chapter on how to attract bees to your backyard


  • Winner of the 2017 PROSE Award in Single Volume Reference/Science, Association of American Publishers

Reviews & Endorsements

“The ultimate bee book for bee enthusiasts and experts alike.”Bookseller Buyer’s Guide
“A well-written, informative and beautifully photographed reference on North America’s bees.”The Chronicle Herald
“The decline of bees in recent years has led to a growing awareness of the importance of these insects. The Bees in Your Backyard provides a great introduction to the bees of North America and an invaluable aid to anyone learning to differentiate the various kinds. I know of no other book for general readers that describes all the genera to this extent.”—Sheila Colla, coauthor of Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide
“This book provides an easy-to-understand guide to the thousands of bees found in North America. The Bees in Your Backyard is a great place for novice bee enthusiasts to start and an exceptional reference for experts.”—Kelly Allin, contributor to The Bee: A Natural History

Author Information

Joseph S. Wilson is assistant professor of biology at Utah State University and has been studying bees and wasps for more than a decade. Olivia Messinger Carril received her PhD in plant biology from Southern Illinois University and has been studying bees and the flowers they visit for nearly twenty years.

Additional information

Weight2.3 lbs
Dimensions8.0 × 10.0 × 1 in

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