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Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens

By Eric Grissell

Eric Grissell will make a hymenopteran out of all of us.

Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants

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 order, including sawflies, horntails, woodwasps, parasitic wasps, predatory wasps, bees, and ants.

Bees, Wasps, and Ants is sure to persuade even the most insect-phobic reader to invite these fascinating creatures into their gardens.

Awards for this book: American Horticultural Society Book Award, American Horticultural Society Book Award

Media reviews

"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."

—Viveka Neveln, American Gardener

"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."


"Grissell has brought a lifetime of enthusiasm and engagement with Hymenoptera to bear in this entertaining and eminently readable account of the order. It is highly informative, and coverage extends far beyond that implied by the title."

—Tim R. New, Journal of Insect Conservation

"Grissell brings years of study and an infectious enthusiasm to this beautifully illustrated volume."

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About the author

Eric Grissell

Grissell — a member of the Garden Writers Association as well as a half dozen entomological and horticultural societies — has written three books on gardening, the latest of which encourages gardeners to take a broader and more benign look at their gardens and the insects in them.

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