Encourage pollinators and other beneficial insects by planting native plants
Most plants need pollination to reproduce and grow fruit. Without pollinators, we would have little to no fruit, fewer vegetables and many plant species would not survive. Insect predators and parasites, known as natural enemies, help control pest populations in crops and gardens. This biological control and pollination are ecosystem services from native plants. Native plants are pre-adapted to local conditions and naturally support native bees and other beneficial species. Michigan State University entomologists have been testing Michigan native and other plants for these purposes and share their results with you through the recommendations at this website. Find out how to select and grow native plants on your farm, garden or community setting by following the links in our navigation.
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MSUE Native Plants News
Support monarchs with a season-long display of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials in your yard. Include milkweed for the caterpillars.
Posted on January 6, 2017 12:55pm by Duke Elsner
Why are so many Michigan pollinator planning efforts being developed? Let’s take a closer look at three programs and plans currently forming.
Posted on November 21, 2016 4:27pm by Meghan Milbrath
Milkweed plants can serve as host to many kinds of interesting insects, and can be grown using seeds of other milkweed plants.
Posted on September 28, 2016 2:44pm by Gretchen Voyle
Monarch populations appear to be down this year in Michigan. Here’s why and what you can do to help.
Posted on July 26, 2016 2:32pm by Doug Landis
Milkweed is not just for monarch butterflies – milkweed tussock moths are also a frequent diner.
Posted on July 19, 2016 8:14am by Gretchen Voyle
Xerces Society offers conservation biocontrol short course at Kellogg Biological Station July 25, 2016.
Posted on July 13, 2016 11:39am by Dean Baas
Register to attend this Aug. 2, 2016, field day where MSU researchers will demonstrate optimal plants for season-long support of crop pollinators and biocontrol agents.
Posted on July 12, 2016 3:59pm by Doug Landis
Two new Enviro-weather stations have been added in Oceana County in 2016.
Posted on July 12, 2016 9:07am by Beth Bishop
While water gardens add beauty to backyards, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with aquatic invasive species and to prevent escape.
Posted on July 8, 2016 3:16pm by Paige Filice
Growers, IPM practitioners and other land managers interested in supporting pollinators and crop pollination are invited to the Michigan Blueberry Pollination Field Day.
Posted on June 28, 2016 3:32pm by Rufus Isaacs