Quick, what's that flying thing? It's yellow and black, and it's buzzing about the flowers . . . it must be a honeybee, right?

Guess again! It might not even be a bee.

Thanks to Save the Bees, we all know that bees are a vital part of our ecosystem. Without bees to pollinate plants, crops and flowers would be devastated. But did you know that not all bees make honey? There are 20,000 species of bees, and only 8 of those species are honeybees. Other bees are also important pollinators, and they come in all the colors of the rainbow.

So, what makes a bee a bee? And what about the bee mimics that are also yellow and black and may even help pollinate plants too?

In A Bee or Not a Bee?, you will discover bee mimics and unusual native bees from North America and beyond. Plus, you will learn about insect identification and find out how to recognize a bee when you see one.

It's time to learn what a bee really is and meet the bees that live in your own backyard!

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A Bee Or Not a Bee? is a 40-page nonfiction picture book for kids ages 4-8. Hardcovers and paperbacks are available from Amazon and from most online bookstores. 

You can also download a printable version of the bee survey activity included in this book.