Western Mountains and High Plains
The relationship between plants and the animals they depend on for reproduction, including bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, bats, hummingbirds and others, is explored in The Forgotten Pollinators by Stephen L. Buchmann and Gary Paul Nabhan (Island Press, 1997). The authors intertwine stories of their research and demonstrate how humans and society affect and are affected by these plant-pollinator relationships.
Clever Gardening Technique
Attract Beneficial Pollinators
Be sure to plant alyssum, zinnias, lupines, cosmos, bachelor buttons, black-eyed Susans and others flowers with abundant, nectar-rich blooms to attract bees and other beneficial insects. Many herbs will also encourage beneficials. Dill, parsley, borage and other herbs should be planted among perennials and in the vegetable garden.