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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

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


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.

Ladybeetle larva on a plant

The garden season is in full swing, which means insect season is also upon us. Extension educators across Minnesota answer questions about what this means for you and your plants.

 A black grasshopper on a clover flower.

When thinking about if it is worth it to do something about grasshoppers, think about how much feeding you are seeing and where you are seeing the feeding. 

Yard and Garden News

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


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