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Insects

Pollinators

Bee Campus UMN Twin Cities

UMN Twin Cities is an affiliate of Bee Campus USA, an initiative of the Xerces Society that raises awareness of the importance of pollinators and actions each of us can take to help pollinators.

Honey bees, bumble bees and native bees

Visit the Bee Lab for information on helping pollinators

Landscapes to help bees and other pollinators

Grow bee lawns and pollinator friendly plants

How pollinator friendly is your yard and garden?

Take this quiz and learn how your backyard could better benefit bees and other beneficial insects

Flowers for Minnesota bees

List of plants for bee food and habitat

Yard and garden insects

Beneficial insects

Lacewings, lady beetles, minute pirate bugs, parasitoid wasps, syrphid flies

Flower insects

Four-lined plant bug, iris borers, rose chafers, spider mites

Fruit and vegetable insects

Asparagus beetles, cabbageworms, Colorado potato beetles, spotted wing drosophila, squash vine borers

Lawn insects

Bluegrass billbug, cicada killers, cutworms, white grubs

Tree and shrub insects

Aphids, caterpillars, Japanese beetles, scales, sawflies

Biting insects and insect relatives

Black flies, mosquitoes and ticks

News

A cactus, a plant with large circular leaves, and other green vegetation in neutral pots in a dark colored room with a window giving light to the plants.

It is time to bring in the houseplants you have kept outside this summer. Here's what to do before you bring them back indoors.

Purple carrot-seed moth larvae feeding on a dill seed head.

How much will purple carrot-seed moth matter in Minnesota? Reporting this insect can help us figure that out.

Bumble bee on a light purple flower.

Wild bee populations can fluctuate from year to year depending on environmental factors. If the weather or the flowers that grew the year before weren't optimal, you could be seeing fewer bees.

Yard and Garden News

Timely information to help you care for your yard and garden.

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