Pollinators: Not just bees and butterflies
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.
Test Your Knowledge: Try the 'Other' Pollinators Quiz
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.
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