Support Your Local Pollinators – and Your Local Bookstores!

The UF/IFAS Sumter County Residential Horticulture/Master Gardener Program will be holding a Pollinator Short Course at the Sumter County Fairgrounds in Bushnell next Wednesday, April 5, and the IFAS Bookstore will be there! The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include presentations on local butterflies and conservation, honey beekeeping, bee conservation, plant selection for pollinators, and managing pests on milkweed. Tickets are $35 and include lunch.

So what does the bookstore have to offer? Let’s take a look!

Butterflies of the South & Southeast

Cover of SP 624, Butterflies of the South & SoutheastSP 624

By Jaret C. Daniels, one of the featured speakers on Wednesday, we have this pocket-sized, spiral-bound identification guide to area butterflies!

From Adventure Publications:

Simple and convenient – narrow your choices by color, and view just a few species at a time.

  • Pocket-size format – easier than laminated foldouts
  • Professional photos showing key markings
  • Easy-to-use information for even casual observers
  • Size ranges for quick comparison and identification
  • The basics of butterfly and moth anatomy


Cover of SP 560, Our Love of Bees

Our Love of Bees 

SP 560

From Adventure Publications:

Bring the beloved buzz of bees into your home with this charming gift book. Acclaimed entomologist Jaret C. Daniels shares spectacular images and expert insights as he presents the lives of these essential, beautiful insects. Anyone who appreciates the wonders of nature will treasure this collection of photographs and natural history information.


Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees 

Cover of SP 470, Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey BeesSP 470

Looking to pick up a new hobby? Ever been jealous of the cool suits beekeepers get to wear? I can’t be the only one.

These 200+ pages overflow with full color pictures, illustrations, detailed advice and even some recipes. Whether you are a beginner or experienced beekeeper, this book places at your fingertips the history of honey bee evolution and beekeeping, necessary and recommended equipment, and techniques to manage a colony, including population cycles and harvesting. Learn to protect your colony from diseases and pests, as well as write a pollination contract and a model beekeeping ordinance for your community. From Storey Publishing. 2nd edition, 2018, by Malcolm T. Sanford and Richard E. Bonney.


Plush Bee


Maybe you’re just looking for something cute! This super-soft and huggable plush honeybee from DolliBu stands 7″ tall, but prefers to sit. Cute and fun for kids and adults alike!


A stuffed plush bee

Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida Cover of SP 532, Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida

SP 532

For our friends in south Florida: This is an authoritative guide to the plants that support butterflies and hummingbirds in tropical Florida (Hardiness Zones 10–11). Two hundred plant species are profiled in color photos, descriptions and detailed comments written in author Roger Hammer’s engaging style. There are also special chapters on growing and propagating host plants, as well as south Florida’s significant hummingbird and butterfly species. A delightful read in its own right and an essential guide for any gardener.


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Posted: March 31, 2023

Tags: Beekeeping, Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Master Gardener Volunteer, Pollinators, UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

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