By The Xerces Society

The foreign bee difficulty is threatening our international foodstuff offer, yet this straightforward box consultant exhibits what you are able to do to aid defend our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation deals browsable profiles of a hundred universal flora, herbs, shrubs, and timber that allure bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The concepts are uncomplicated: sow seeds for a few crops — similar to basil, rhododendron, and blueberries — and easily don’t mow down considerable local species, together with aster, goldenrod, and milkweed. 100 crops to Feed the Bees will empower householders, landscapers, condominium dwellers — an individual with a scrap of backyard or a window field — to guard our pollinators.

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W E S T C O A S T A N N UA L , EXPOSURE SOIL MOISTURE Sun Average to dry 57 » R E C O M M E N D E D S P E C I E S O R VA R IE T IE S Globe gilia C losely related bird’s eye gilia (Gilia tricolor) looks nothing like globe gilia but is nonetheless a good bee plant. It’s available from some wildflower seed vendors. USE S N O TA B L E F L O W E R V I S I T O R S Wildflower meadow/ prairie restoration and small wasps. 6 m) Native Wildflowers « 58 17. ) G the most important late-season pollinator plants.

Caterpillar host plant for the pink-colored bleeding flower moth (Schinia sanguinea). 8 m) Blazing star R E C O M M E N D E D S P E C I E S O R VA R IE T IE S 37 » S O U T H E R N P L A I N S bumble bee (Bombus fraternus) foraging blazing star. Native Wildflowers « 38 7. BLUE CURLS (Trichostema lanceolatum) B were plowed into farm fields, making it scarcer across the landscape, blue curls, also known as vinegar weed, was considered the most important late-season honey plant in California. Accounts from a century ago reported routine honey yields averaging 80 pounds per colony and described the honey as white and quick to granulate.

A small black sweat bee, Dufourea monardae, is a specialist of beebalm in the Midwest and Northeast; others include Perdita gerardiae and Protandrena abdominalis. Various beebalms are host plants for caterpillars of raspberry pyrausta (Pyrausta signatalis), orange mint (P. orphisalis), and hermit sphinx (Lintneria eremitus) moths. Researchers in Mid-Atlantic states have recently observed sand wasps (Bicyrtes) using spotted beebalm extensively for nectar. These wasps are voracious predators of brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), a significant pest of orchards and vegetable crops.

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