Unfortunately when most people think Bees the first thing they think about is the pain of their stinger! People forget that Bees are one of the most important insects that you can have buzzing around in your garden. As pollinators, bees play such a vital role in every aspect of the ecosystem.
Beetles are the most diverse insect order, with over 350,000 species. So it goes without saying that you will definitely encounter beetles while in your garden. Of course, not all beetles are good for your garden... For example, the Japanese beetle is definitely more of a pest than a helper. But to counter that there are plenty of beetles out there that are good for your garden life.
Attracting birds to your garden will take a little more work than attracting bees ao butterflies, but it will definitely be worth it. Birds are the most effective method of pest control in your garden and they are far safer than using any pesticides.
Butterflies are known as one of the more beautiful insects that you can find flying around, and seeing them flap around in your garden makes for a very pretty picture. However, butterflies have more use than just looking pretty although their beauty is of course an added benefit.
Moths are one of the most underestimated pollinators out there. They are looked at as the ugly cousin of the butterfly, but the truth is, not only are moths just as beautiful as butterflies but they are also a much-needed pollinator just like the butterfly.
Pollinator Garden For Small Gardens
One of the most important things to do when trying to create a pollinator-friendly garden is to make sure that you are planting plants that are native to your area. Native plants and pollinators are always in sync with one another, so some native plants will blossom at the same time as bees emerge in early spring or perhaps others will bloom when hummingbirds return from migration.
It is true that wasps do not pollinate as well as bees, but they are very attracted to nectar and will carry out a useful amount of pollination in your garden. There is even one special kind of wasp whose sole purpose is to pollinate one specific tree. These wasps are known as fig wasps, and yes of course the tree that they are responsible for is the fig tree. The fig wasp is the only creature that works on the fig tree, therefore if there was no more fig wasp there would be no more fig trees.