Georgia Butterfly Brochure

Do you want to know who is who in your pollinator garden? Well now you can thanks to The North American Butterfly Association ( Georgia- Piedmont Chapter), who have teamed up with Dr. Jaret Daniels and Monarchs acrossGeorgia to create a Georgia butterfly brochure.

With funding from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, This brochure is a step by step guide on how to properly identify butterflies.

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Knowing which butterflies are in your local area will help you, help them, by becoming informed about the butterflies specific host plants, and life cycles. This step by step guide is  broken up into three categories; brushfoots, whites/sulphurs/skippers, and swallowtails so that you can easily  identify butterflies in your local pollinator gardens!

Download the brochure here and start identifying your garden’s visitors today!

 

Co-blogged by GAPP + Jataysia Daniels, Greening Youth Foundation & Atlanta Botanical Garden Conservation Intern!

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More Than Just Honeybees!

When people think of pollinators, they generally think of bees, and when people think of bees they typically think of honeybees! This is because they are the most well-known and most studied species of bee. However in the Unites States alone there are over 5000 species of native bees that help pollinate crops and wildflowers.

It is true that both native and introduced species of bees do the lion’s share of pollination duties. Along with butterflies, birds, flies, beetles, bats and others, they are crucial to the pollinator landscape.

This is why Nature, an international journal of science has produced a special free access supplement named Nature Outlook: Bees. This feature includes discussions on neonicotinoid pesticide uses and problems, a feature on honeybee behaviors and life cycles and an interesting story on a biological-inspired design involving bee flight and aerodynamics.

To read the articles featured in this supplement click here.

Why pollinator gardens are vital to urban landscapes.

Watch Sarah Bergmann creator of Pollinator Pathways, talk about designing “biodiversity back in” by creating linked pollinator habitats that form urban green space corridors.

Beginning with a single pollinator pathway project in Seattle, Bergmann has taken the model and created a visionary plan to involve strengthening and reconnecting fragmented green spaces in urban landscapes across the nation.

You can learn more about the original pollinator habitat project in Seattle, and also about her plans to adapt this model in other urban areas across the globe in the Ted Talk below.

Wanna hear more about this? Visit her website here: www.pollinatorpathway.com