Pollinators: Not just bees and butterflies

Hoverfly from insect family Syrphidae

Pollinators may be our planet's most ecologically and economically important group of animals. Over 250,000 native wild plants depend on pollinators to reproduce and continue to exist. They provide stability for every terrestrial ecosystem in the world, because wild flowering plants depend on them

Everyone is familiar with the importance of native bees and butterflies in plant pollination, but beetles, moths, mosquitoes, ants and wasps also contribute to pollination.

Non-bees pollinators perform about 25–50% of the total number of flower visits. Although bees were more effective pollinators, they made fewer visits. These two factors compensate for each other, resulting in pollination services rendered by non-bees that were similar to those provided by bees.

Take a few minutes to learn about how 'other' pollinators contribute to plant reproduction.

Aphid feeding on plant leaf

All About Aphids

Learn about aphids and how to control them. Though there are many types of aphids most of those born from over-wintered eggs arrive already pregnant. This is one of the major divisions between aphid types. Many kinds of aphids give birth, amazingly, to live young. In warmer climates, aphids may go through as many as 12 generations. This explains why you might see a few aphids one day and a full-blown infestation the next.

Roadside devioid of native plants.

Take Action! Help Native Pollinators

Ask the Wisconsin Dept of Transportation to replace the planting of non-native grasses with pollinator-friendly native plants along Wisconsin roadways. Provide a corridor for Bees, Butterflies and Birds to move through the State and restore the natural beauty of our roadways.

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