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President’s Note: Book Review: Wasps: A Guide for Eastern North America

President’s Note: Book Review: Wasps: A Guide for Eastern North America

Wasps: A Guide for Eastern North America. Heather Holm. 2020. Pollination Press, LLC. 416 p.

Most people don’t like wasps. I understand. I’ve been stung by red wasps many times. What many don’t realize is the important role wasp species play as beneficial insects and as native pollinators.

While working with native pollinators, I have been frustrated by the lack of a good I.D. guide for wasps. This book helps fill that gap.

As this book points out, many wasps cannot be readily identified to the species level from a photograph. It requires a microscope in a lab, looking for often subtle characteristics.

The book covers 150 species of flower-visiting wasps. While definitely welcome, the book is not a field guide due to its size. The book is 9 x 11″, and 416 pages in length.

Despite the large size, it is still an important publication, filling a gap in the literature on pollinators.

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