Planting Plans

Pollinator Food Sources

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Pollinator Food Sources

We hear a lot about supporting pollinators in mainstream publications, but it is often difficult to find information that provides thorough lists of plants (not just the top 5 flowers), include both larval food and nectar plants, include bats and beetles rather than just bees and butterflies, or are specific to the regions in which we work. The Pollinator Partnership at Pollinator.org is a professional resource for this very thing. It includes the information you might expect from such an organization: beekeeping tips, challenges to plant gardens, information on the connection between...

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Caterpillar Identification

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Caterpillar Identification

Spring has sprung for some of you in the more southerly climates, so I thought it would be fun to include this moth and butterfly caterpillar identification guide. I had the opportunity to watch a cecropia moth hatch last year – it was a very cool experience and I was amazed by how active the moth could be while still in its cocoon and trying to get out. Here are a few other sites that offer detailed information on the life cycles and habitats of the east and west U.S.: Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest Caterpillars of the Eastern Forests  ...

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