A Healthy Plaster Creek Watershed: Magnet for birds, butterflies | The Rapidian:
1 of 6 great reasons to use native plants in this article byDavid Warners and Gail Heffner on urban areas.
“4. Native plants attract native pollinators. Butterflies and hummingbirds depend on native wildflowers for food. Butterflies also require native host species upon which they lay eggs. Many pollinators are highly specific for which species of nectar or host plant they require. Planting native species is like putting magnets out in your yard for attracting native pollinators. Even in highly urbanized settings it is amazing to see the creatures that show up to visit native plants.”
How to protect bees in my yard and garden | MSU Extension: “Most people don’t realize that we have over 100 different species of native bees that are important for pollinating native plants and the ornamental plants in your yard and garden. These native bees and other insects that pollinate plants are just as important as the better-recognized honey bees and bumble bees. All of the pollinators are susceptible to insecticides if they come in contact with them, on the surface of flower petals, or when consuming nectar or pollen. The most important thing that you can do to protect pollinators is to avoid spraying open flowers with any insecticide. The exception is B.t. (Bacillus thuringiensis), however, B.t. is only effective against caterpillars, and does not work to control other types of plant pests.”