POLLINATOR INFORMATION

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more about the local pollinator

 

Eastern Bumble Bee

Bombus impatiens

The Easten bumble bee is a very successful pollinator. They have been introduced in the western United States and overseas to help with crop harvests.

Eastern Bumble Bee

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee

Bombus affinis

The Rusty-patched bumble bee is on the endangered species list. They are thought to only be found in 0.1% of their historical range.

Rusty-pactched Bumble Bee

Brown-belted Bumble Bee

Bombus griseocollis

The brown-belted bumble bee builds its nest underground or on the surface. They are eusocial, so they live in colonies where the work is divided between the reproductive and non-reproductive castes. 

Brown-belted Bumble Bee

Honey Bee

Apis mellifera

Honey bees pollinate over 100 different crops in the U.S. They perform a "waggle dance" as a way to share information with other bees on where the best food source is. 

Honey Bee

Carpenter Bee

Xylocopa virginica

Carpenter bees like to  excavate holes in wood for shelter. Carpenter bees look just like bumble bees but have a shiny abdomen, instead of a fuzzy one like bumble bees. 

Carpenter Bee

Mason Bee

Genus: Osmia

Mason bees are one of the more popular species of bees used in bee keeping. They nest in pre-made holes in hollow stems or or holes in wood made by wood-burrowing insects. 

Mason Bee

Sweat Bee

Family: Halictidae

There are over 1,000 species of sweat bees in North America. They are known for their metallic colors. Sweat bees will pollinate almost every type of available flower. 

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Sweat Bee
 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio glaucus

Nectar Plants: Pale Purple Coneflower, Bergamot, Asters, Liatris spp., and White Prairie Clover

Host Plants: Wild Cherry, Birch, Ash, Basswood, Willow, Sycamore, Tulip Tree

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail

Papilio cresphontes

Nectar Plant: Swamp Milkweed

Host Plants: Hop Tree and Prickly-Ash

Giant Swallowtail

Pipevine Swallowtail

Battus philenar

Nectar Plants: Swamp Milkweed, Latanas

Host Plants: Wild Ginger and Pipevine (N. American natives only)

Pipevine Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Papilio plyxenes

Nectar Plants: Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweed, and Red Clover

Host Plants: Fill, Fennel, Parsley, and possibly Golden Alexander

Black Swallowtail

Zebra Swallowtail

Protographium marcellus

Nectar Plants: Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweed, and Zinnias

Host Plant: Pawpaw 

Zebra Swallowtail

Spicebush Swallowtail

Papilio troilus

Nectar Plants: Common Milkweed, Sunflowers, and Lantana

Host Plants: Sassafras and Spicebush

Spicebush Swallowtail

Monarch

Danaus plexippus

Nectar Plant: Blazing Stars, Milkweeds, and Coeropsis

Host Plants: Milkweeds, especially Swamp and Common MIlkweed

Monarch

Viceroy

Limenitis archippus

Nectar Plants: Asters and Common Milkweed

Host Plants: Aspens, Willows, Poplar, and Apple; occasionally Cherry and Plum

Viceroy

Question Mark

Polygonia interrogationis

Nectar Plants: Asters and  Common Milkweed

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