Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)

Eastern Carpenter Bee

A gentle giant, the Eastern Carpenter Bee – Xylocopa virginica, is native to the eastern U.S. and is an important pollinator to a variety of plants.

New England Aster -Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Alma Potschke'

New England Aster

New England Aster -Symphyotrichum novae-angliae is a wonderful native perennial for late summer color and is an excellent food & foraging source for late season bees and migrating Monarch butterflies ✿

Sweat Bee

Pollinators ♥ Native Plants Pt.2

Planting native flowering plants & grasses in the garden and/or landscape, will improve native pollinator populations by providing this necessary food and forage ✿

European Paper Wasp -Polistes dominulus

European Paper Wasp

This species -Polistes dominulus is native to the Mediterranean. The European paper wasp was discovered in the eastern U.S. in the late 1970s and has rapidly increased throughout the United States.

Western Honey Bee -Apis mellifera - winter bee

Western Honey Bee

The Western Honey Bee -Apis mellifera has both summer and winter workers. Winter honey bees emerge from eggs laid at the end of summer…

Metallic Green Bee

Pollinators ♥ Native Plants Pt.1

Pollinators are important for a healthy ecosystem & critical to many food crops, but are often lacking in urban gardens & landscapes ✿

Sweat Bee

Michigan Pollinator Week

In conjunction with National Pollinator Week, Michigan recently adopted their own resolution to proclaim Michigan Pollinator Week.

Green Bottle Fly

Flies as Pollinators

Research indicates that flies may contribute significantly to pollination of North American flowers and many food plants.

Tachinidae Archytas

Tachinid Flies

Tachinid flies are amongst the largest families of true flies with approximately 8,000 species world wide… These beneficial flies play an important role in suppressing populations of destructive timber and agricultural pests.

Red-necked False Blister Beetle -Asclera ruficollis

Red-necked False Blister Beetle

Beetles were among one of the first order of insects to pollinate flowers and still play an important role in pollination today.

Honeybee

Honeybee Impact

Don’t underestimate the impact of the honeybee. -read this article by Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary on the process of pollination by honeybees.