Insect populations are falling at alarming rates all around the world because of pesticide use, our climate crisis and habitat loss. It’s time to ask yourself: What have I done for insects lately? If the answer is “nothing,” you can take action now with this simple plan.
Step 1: Select a corner of your yard (or a pot or two on your apartment patio) where you’ll build a habitat for pollinators.
Step 2: Plan your habitat. It’s important to give Florida’s insect pollinators a habitat built of the native plants they’ve evolved with for thousands of years. Visit the Wildflowers, Naturally! page to download several free landscape plans. You can tailor both the plan and plants to your site with just a bit of research.
We have the information you’ll need to select the best plants for butterflies and bees, all of which host other insects as well. Just download these publications:
- 20 Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers (a 24-page publication — great for those just learning about native wildflowers)
- Attracting Bees with Florida’s Native Wildflowers
- Attracting Butterflies with Florida’s Native Wildflowers
- Monarchs and Milkweed
- Plant Selection Guide
Step 3: Get your plants from a native plant nursery or grower. To find one in your area, visit www.PlantRealflorida.org (some even ship plants!). To get native wildflowers seeds, visit www.FloridaWildflowers.com.
Step 4: Plant, water and enjoy the new activity your native wildflowers bring to your yard or patio!
Looking for photos and other information that can help you identify Florida’s insect pollinators? Try these links: