The illustrations are beautiful in the text!
Is anything by the USDA public domain then? Because there are loads I would love to read.
The illustrations are indeed beautiful! Here is a link to the illustrator, Stephen Buchmann's web site http://stephenbuchmann.com/
The reason I read "Native Bees" was because I was out walking with my cell phone camera in hand, and our late blooming October dandelions were attracting myriads of native bees of various species, and I captured a photo of a gorgeous iridescent green sweat bee on a dandelion which is going to be the cover of vol. 53. Also saw a huge bumblebee sharing a dandelion with a tiny sweat bee, an act of neighborliness I hadn't imagined.
It's my personal take (but obviously just that, a personal take on the matter) that, USDA publications are ok, unless they specifically say something (like a photo)isn't. Here is the USDA's policy stated:
"Most information presented on the USDA Web site is considered public domain information. Public domain information may be freely distributed or copied, but use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested. Attribution may be cited as follows: "U.S. Department of Agriculture."
[LibriVox catalog will reference USDA as source].
"Some materials on the USDA Web site are protected by copyright, trademark, or patent, and/or are provided for personal use only. Such materials are used by USDA with permission, and USDA has made every attempt to identify and clearly label them. You may need to obtain permission from the copyright, trademark, or patent holder to acquire, use, reproduce, or distribute these materials."