National Pollinator Week (June 20-26) serves as an important opportunity to highlight the essential role of pollinators in our ecosystem.
Iowa landowners can learn more about establishing monarch butterfly and other pollinator habitat on their land at an upcoming series of workshops across the state.
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America, available at www.iowamonarchs.info.
Creating a garden or landscape that will attract and maintain butterflies takes some special planning and effort. “Butterfly gardening” is flower gardening that gives special consideration to the needs and requirements of butterflies. Meeting their needs by providing continuous bloom of nectar-producing flowers throughout the summer increases your chances of being able to watch the adults fly from flower to flower in the privacy and comfort of your own back yard.
One of the fascinating features is the incredible diversity of insects that can feed on one kind of plant. Our understandable obsession with a few serious insect pests on a relatively small number of crop plants skews our view of the insect/plant relationships around us.