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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

Insects, spiders and other bugs that particularly help, harm or feed on fruits and vegetables in the home garden

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


Adult, metallic green, emerald ash borer.

Emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to cause problems for ash trees. As of this past year, it has been found in 48 Minnesota counties.

Bay laurel tree by a window.

Treating scale insects on edible plants can be a challenge. Sometimes getting rid of the plant is easier than getting rid of the pest.

White, powdery insects under the joint where a leaf meets a plant stem.

Inspecting and cleaning plants before bringing them back inside can reduce the chances of pests like mealybugs from taking up winter residence in your house.

Yard and Garden News

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


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