Native Plants in the Landscape - Butterflies and Moths as Pollinators
The presentation examines the niche which lepidopterans occupy among the insect pollinators. Differences and similarities between butterflies and moths will be discussed. Floral structure including size, shape, corolla depth and location of nectar dictate the species of visitor. Multiple examples of native plants in bloom, with a variety of butterfly and moth species sipping their nectar, add much visual interest to the program.
Horticulture / Plants
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1. Teach the importance of planting a variety of native shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants with varying floral structures for different insect species.
2. Teach the necessity of providing a succession of flowering native plants from spring through fall.
3. Display the complexity of the interactions between plants and insects.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
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