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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 small carpenter bee is digging a tunnel in a stem.

A hydrangea riddled with holes indicated birds were the number one suspect feeder. But why did they attack? Something tasty to birds lived inside the hydrangea.

bee on flower

Keep your eye out for the rusty patched bumble bee. They disappeared for a while, but are being found again around urban centers in the Midwest, including the Twin Cities.

Dug up lawn.

Hungry animals are just a symptom of your dug-up lawn’s actual problem: white grubs.

Yard and Garden News

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

Events

Page survey

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