Overwintering sites for native pollinators
The final habitat requirement
of native pollinators is a spot to spend the winter. Most native
bees winter in their summer nest tunnels or burrows, but bumblebees
need a sheltered spot with plenty of leaf litter in which to
hibernate. Some non-bee pollinators spend the winter in tall
grass, bushes, trees, piles of leaves or sticks, or on man-made objects.
In general, the best way
to protect pollinators in the winter is to leave them alone. If
you need to manage your pollinator meadows by mowing or burning, try to
do so in the late summer or fall while the insects are still active and
can get away. Even if you don't have a designated pollinator
area, it's worth leaving some overgrown, weedy spots along the edges of
your garden to give these important insects a winter home.
Want to know more about
native pollinators? Here are some extra sources:
Wild Pollinators --- This beautifully illustrated book was the
source for this week's lunchtime series. It delves much further
into all of the topics mentioned here.
pollinators --- This lunchtime series covers four of the most
common types of pollinators in our garden --- sweat bees, small
carpenter bees, miner bees, and the greater bee fly.
--- Learn about buzz pollination, bumblebee identification, and more in
this lunchtime series.
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