Bees, Wasps, and Ants

The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens


By Eric Grissell

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Few insects are more important than bees, wasps, and ants. They maintain the garden’s biological balance, fertilize vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and recycle nutrients within the soil. It’s no exaggeration to say that a garden can’t be understood without an understanding of its insects. Bees, Wasps, and Ants explores the importance of the Hymenoptera and explains how gardeners can encourage (or discourage) them in the garden. Part One includes a summary of their biology and a tour of what role they play in each part of the garden. Part Two takes a closer look at the individual groups within the family, including sawflies, horntails, woodwasps, parasitic wasps, predatory wasps, bees, and ants.

This book is only available through print on demand. All interior art is black and white.

  • “Grissell brings years of study and an infectious enthusiasm to this beautifully illustrated volume.” —SciTech Book News

    “From the impact of insects on our lives to their biology and families, this is packed with detailed information tailored to gardener and growing interests, and thus is recommended for home and garden collections as well as any science library.” —Bookwatch

    “An introduction to the myriad species of these insects and all they do in your garden. This book will give you new appreciation and a deeper understanding of their vital roles on this planet.” —The American Gardener

    “This book provides an entertaining and useful introduction to a vast portion of the insect world.” —Garden in a City

On Sale
Jun 30, 2010
Page Count
336 pages
Timber Press

Eric Grissell

About the Author

Eric Grissell received his doctorate in entomology from the University of California, Davis and served as a research entomologist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and the U. S. Department of Agriculture at the National Museum of Natural History. He has published extensively in science journals and on topics of botany, horticulture, and gardening. He work earned the Garden Writers Association Garden Globe Award for Best Talent in Writing and recognition from the American Horticultural Society.

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