Butterflies, Moths, Other Insects & Arachnids
Insects and Arachnids are important to ecological balance. Many insects are superb pollinators. Some insects and all arachnids are predators that keep other insect populations in check, and some still remain scientific mysteries. In the USA we have lost great numbers of pollinators including native bees and honeybees. Because of major changes such as less diverse habitats and widespread use of pesticides, humans greatly effect the world of insects. There are things we can do about this.
Planting native plants in place of exotic species and avoiding pesticides will help. Science has now proven that to “grow native” is a winning strategy. Over thousands of years, our native pollinators have developed a complex relationship to specific host plants that are native to their region. Even small yards can have beautiful native host and nectar plants that benefit local pollinators. These food source havens are beautiful, inspiring places for people too.