Insect Friendly Gardens

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Updated: June 21, 2021

Pollinator Gardens

When planning a pollinator garden, remember that pollinators need what every animal needs: food, shelter, water, and space to raise a family.
skipper insect on a black-eyed susan flower
Updated: April 22, 2021

Pollinator Profiles

Common pollinators in Maryland include bees and wasps, butterflies and moths, beetles, and flies.
bumble bee on blue baptisia flowers
Updated: April 14, 2021

Flower Fly

Flower flies are a natural predator of aphids. Flower flies are mainly nonselective pollinators, feeding on nectar and pollen from a variety of plants and agriculturally important crops.
adult flower fly sitting on a white flower
Updated: April 8, 2021

Meet a Pollinator: Cellophane Bee

Cellophane bees are important pollinators of plants and they are not aggressive/defensive.
cellophane bee
Updated: April 8, 2021

Parasitoids

Parasitoids are small insects whose immature stages develop either within or attached to the outside of other insects, referred to as hosts.
braconid wasp
Updated: April 7, 2021

Pollinator Basics

Pollination is the process by which plants reproduce and create seeds. Animals, called pollinators, are necessary for the movement of pollen from one plant to another.
sweat bee on a flower
Updated: March 9, 2021

Bumble Bees

Bumble bees are important pollinators that feed on nectar and pollen. They very rarely sting.
bumble bee on blue baptisia flowers
Updated: March 9, 2021

Pollinators and Pesticides

The Pollinator Protection Act prohibits the use of neonicotinoid pesticides outdoors by home by gardeners.
bumble bee on a flower
Updated: March 9, 2021

Tachinid Fly

Tachinid flies are among the many beneficial flies that prey on garden pests.
tachinid fly on white flowers
Updated: March 2, 2021

Meet a Pollinator: Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees are the largest native bees in the United States and they are effective pollinators.
carpenter bee on a flower