Pollinators of Wisconsin
Bees, Birds, Butterflies & More

  Why are pollinators important? Approximately three quarters of the world’s major food crops require or benefit from animal pollination. This includes many fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, plums, apples, sweet cherries, pears, watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, squashes, and tomatoes. Pollinators also are beneficial for seed production in crops such as carrot, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and many herbs.

  What pollinators are common in Wisconsin? Pollinators in Wisconsin are primarily insects such as bees, flies, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles, and ants, as well as hummingbirds. Bees are the most important pollinators for many plant species, and they feed almost exclusively on pollen and nectar. The non-native honeybee (Apis mellifera) is the most commonly used managed bee for pollination of crop plants. The blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria), also referred to as the mason orchard bee, is a native managed pollinator for orchards. Wild native bees also contribute substantially to fruit and vegetable pollination. Home gardeners can have all of their pollination needs supplied by wild native bees, although if honeybee hives are located nearby, honeybees may also ontribute to pollination.

Honey Bee

Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan

The Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan is a resource meant to provide voluntary guidance and scientific information to residents and organizatons to serve their specific needs.

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Queen Honey Bee Chromosomes.

XXX-Rated: Honey Bee Sex

Female honey bees have a full complement of chromosomes, one set from each parent. Males, however, are formed from unfertilized eggs and are haploid; they contain only one copy of each chromosome. Queens control whether or not they lay a fertilized egg because they are able to store sperm from matings. In this way, the queens manage the sex ratio in the hive.

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Monarch Butterfly.

How To Attract Butterflies To Your Garden

A butterfly garden is more than a flower bed. To attract butterflies to your backyard, you need to provide more than just pollen. If you want a garden full of fluttering monarchs, swallowtails, and fritillaries, follow these 10 tips for attracting butterflies to your backyard.

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