How You Can Help Honey Bees and Butterflies With High Pollinating Wildflowers

Bumble Bees and a Monarch Butterfly on a Flower
Bumble Bees and a Monarch Butterfly on a Flower | Source

Plant Pollination by Bees and Butterlfies is Essential

Plant pollination by insects is an essential ecosystem service, most typically done by various butterflies and bees (Honey and Bumble).

It is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of the world's 250,000 flowering plants depend on insects for pollination.

Further, 87% of the cultivated crops are insect-pollinated forage plants, including alfalfa and clover, which provide food to livestock.

You can help!

Wildflower Seeds!

Wildflower Butterfly Mix - 1000+ Seeds
Wildflower Butterfly Mix - 1000+ Seeds

These wildflower seed packets prefer full sun.

 
Wildflower Seeds - 1000+ Partial Shade
Wildflower Seeds - 1000+ Partial Shade

Used in areas of shade. Grows 3-4 feet tall!

 

Roadsides as a Habitat

Although roadsides are not a substitute for our wildlands, the sides of the roads do have value as habitats to the various animals and insects.

You can buy native wildflowers for the state or region in which you live.

Along with helping to seed the roadsides near your home, you can plant have a wildflower garden. 

Wildflower High Pollinator Values for Midwestern US Region

  • Aster
  • Bergamot
  • Blazing Star
  • Compass plant
  • Culver's root
  • Fireweed
  • Goldenrod
  • Giant Hyssop
  • Lobelia
  • Lupine
  • Milkweed
  • Mountain mint
  • Obedient plant
  • Partridge pea
  • Penstermon
  • Prairie clover
  • Spiderwort
  • Sunflower
  • Wild rose

The Flowers: A Pollinator Habitat

The pollinator habitat should have a diversity of flowers that bloom from early spring until late fall in order to sustain a diverse group of pollinators throughout the growing season.

Preferably, find seeds for plants that are native to your area.

Roadsides: Linkages From Habitat to Habitat

Roadsides may serve as corridors for pollinating animals and insects. The linear structure of roadsides provide a linkage from one area to another.

Many insects, including the Monarch butterfly, migrate over thousands of miles. These roadsides provide nutrients and homes to many of these insects. As mentioned, Monarchs find these roadsides to be critical habitat. The Monarch butterfly larvae feed exclusively on milkweed

For More Information

Here are some resources that may help you learn more about wildflowers, especially along roadsides, and their importance to pollinating insects.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Excellent Hub. I'll pass this on to the Missus as she is into her gardening. This year is turning out to be full bloom time and the bees and butterflies are already about and doing their business.

Good work.

The Frog


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John MacNab 5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

Thanks tritrain. We love watching the bees pollinate our flower garden.


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Wonderful hub! There are so many alternatives to industrial insecticides for agriculture, but BIG AG refuses the alternatives! Charlatans!

Long live our bees, BZZZ BZZZ BZZZ!!!

Ben

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