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Native plants are better than non-native for pollinators

Native plants are better than non-native for pollinators | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

Flat, open flowers may be accessible to just about any kind of visitor, but those with more complex shapes have co-evolved with their pollinators, and don’t welcome others. This is the case of kudzu, that formidable Asiatic invader. In North America, it propagates mostly through runners and rhizomes because native pollinators can’t handle its flowers, so seeds are seldom produced. In recent years, a large black bee from Asia, the giant resin bee (Megachile sculpturalis), arrived in North America by accident and started spreading across the landscape. Guess what: This bee is a very efficient pollinator of kudzu’s flowers. So, now this invasive can also propagate by seed. Oh, joy!

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Attracting Butterflies and Moths to your Garden

Attracting Butterflies and Moths to your Garden | 100 Acre Wood | Scoop.it

If you take steps to encourage butterflies and moths into your garden, you will end up with a double bonus: colourful butterflies and moths , and a beautiful garden. You will also be helping to compensate for the loss of habitat in the countryside. Many butterfly and moth species have declined in number, and gardens can provide valuable alternative sites for feeding, and, with the right plants, for breeding.

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