Pollinators and Pollination
Become a OSU Dandelion Detective
Dandelion Detectives is a STEM activity targeting 3-7 graders where participants work together to measure the value of weeds for insects. Dandelion Detectives will take place over the summer of 2021. Participants can be located in Ohio or surrounding midwestern states.
Curiosity about pollinators themselves... appreciation and support of bees, butterflies, birds, etc.
Curiosity about plants themselves... appreciation and support of one or more kinds of plants
Ecosystem services... (click here for a chart)
Tending toward (human) self-interest: Pollination, Food, Biodiversity, Aesthetics
Tending toward human care of nature: Stewardship, Habitat, Sustainability
Of the foods and beverages that we consume daily, over 30% rely on or benefit from a pollinator.
From Pollinator Partnership:
Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination – they need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators . If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy , and honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife .
"Pollinators need you. You need pollinators." https://www.pollinator.org/pollinators, accessed 3/11/2021
Helping pollinators survive and thrive
From the Xerces Society:
Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators in Urban Landscapes
Collaboration between faculty at Michigan State University, University of Maryland, and Ohio State University
Habitat Restoration and Management Webinar Series (videos)
From Pollinator Partnership
PolliNation is a podcast from Oregon State University Extension Service that tells the stories of researchers, land managers and concerned citizens who are making bold strides to improve the health of pollinators.
Protecting Pollinators While Using Pesticides
Ohioline Fact Sheet ANR-68, Helen M. Andrews, Graduate Research Associate and Mary Ann Rose, Director, Pesticide Safety Education Program
Gardening for Pollinators
When people think of pollinator gardens, they typically imagine a place full butterflies. Remember that such gardens will have many types of visitors including bees, wasps, and flies (learn the differences). This is not a bad thing, but may require a shift in attitudes. Bees and wasps are most aggressive when they have something to protect...a nest or themselves. When foraging they are away from their nest and unless directly threatened they want to get about their business. And there are a wide variety of flies beyond house flies.
Attracting Pollinators to the Garden
Ohioline Fact Sheet ENT-47, Denise Ellsworth, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University
Red Spotted Admiral
Black Swallowtail Caterpillar instar
Stink Bug Hunter Wasp
Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators Bulletin (PDF)
Michigan State University Extension bulletin E3314
Native Insect Pollinators and Their Habitats
University of Missouri Extension
Ohio Trees for Bees (PDF)
Ohioline Fact Sheet ENT-71-15, Denise Ellsworth, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University
Gardening and Landscaping Practices for Nesting Native Bees
From Utah State University Extension
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants (PDF)
From US Forest Service (Eastern States)
Ecoregional Planting Guides
Enter zip code to get a planting guide plus PDF planting guides. From Pollinator Partnership.
Native Plants of Ohio - a Selection for Ohio Gardens (PDF)
A bonus of this resource is the list of pollinators each plant is likely to attract. Compiled by Hope Taft and Debra Knapke - 1/2020
Bees Specializing on Certain Flowering Plants (Oligolectic Bees)
This page lists the scientific name of a bee species and the plant species they prefer. From Illinois Wildflowers.
Pollinator Habitat Establishment Recommendations (PDF)
From Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative
Bees see the world differently than us...
Ohio Bee Identification Guide
Developed by Scott Prajzner and Mary Gardiner, Department of Entomology, Ohio State University OARDC, Wooster, OH in cooperation with Pollinator Partnership
Guide to Specialist Bees of Ohio (PDF)
Developed by the Ohio Native Bee Collaborative. Lists of specialist bees were compiled from Jarrod Fowler’s website on specialist bees and Discoverlife.org. Contributors (in alphabetical order): Amy Schnebelin, Livia Raulinaitis, MaLisa Spring. First Ohio Edition: 2021
Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States (PDF)
By Sheila Colla, Leif Richardson, and Paul Williams. A USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership Publication.
How to Identify and Enhance Ohio’s Wild Bees in Your Landscape
Ohioline Fact Sheet ENT-85, MaLisa R. Spring and Mary M. Gardiner, The Ohio State University
Supporting Native Bees: Our Essential Pollinators
From University of Wisconsin Extension
Bees of Ohio: A Field Guide
The Bees of Ohio: A Field Guide (Version 1.1.1 , 5/2020) was developed based on Bees of Maryland: A Field Guide, authored by the North American Native Bee Collaborative
Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera)
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Field Guides
OSU Bee Lab Webinars
From 2021 Spring Authors Series