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Pollinator Gardens

GREC encourages Glen Rock residents to consider planting flowering plants that attract pollinator populations in their yards.

Please visit the Demonstration Garden planted in front of the main entrance to Borough Hall by horticulturist Mrs. Elaine Silverstein.

Pollinator garden

What is a pollinator?

Pollinators are animals that help flowering plants reproduce by moving pollen from the male part of the plant (anther) to the female part (stigma) of the same species. Pollinators include many bees and butterflies, some moths, beetles, flies, and birds and a few bats.

Why are pollinators important?

Many plants cannot reproduce without the help of pollinators. The plants they pollinate provide food for humans and wildlife, such as migratory birds. Successful pollination produces seeds and fruits, examples include sunflowers seeds, almonds, blueberries, pumpkins, and apples. Pollinators are an integral component of natural ecosystems and agriculture.

Pollinators are crucial to 2/3 of the agricultural crops species worldwide (!) and to biodiversity.

Pollinators are sensitive to pesticides

Avoid/limit the use of pesticides: pesticides can kill more than the target pest. Some pesticide residues can kill pollinators for several days after the pesticide is applied. This is especially true for butterfly caterpillars that eat leaves and leafcutter bees that use leaves to build nests.

Pollinators need two essential components in their habitat:

  1. flowers from which to gather nectar and pollen
  2. places to nest (shrubs, bushes…)

A list of plants particularly good for attracting pollinators is found in the website and documents here attached. Native plants are the best choices because plants and their pollinators have evolved together over thousands of years, and because they are less sensitive to drought etc.


Threats to Pollinators:

Role of Pollinators:

Pollinator Gardens:

Common Native Pollinators

Following is a list of a few of the common types of native pollinators you are likely to see in this area:

American Lady Butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis)
Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas phaeton)
Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)
Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)
Clouded Sulphur Butterfly (Colias philodice)
Common Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coeni)
Eastern Tailed-blue Butterfly (Cupido comyntas
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus)
Fiery Skipper Butterfly (Hylephila phyleus)
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa)
Orange Sulphur Butterfly (Colias eurytheme)
Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa Cardui)
Question Mark Butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)
Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)
Silver-spotted Skipper Butterfly (Epargyreus clarus)
Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio troilus)
Wild Indigo Duskywing Butterfly (Erynnis baptisiae)

Geometer Moths, Inchworms (Geometridae family)
Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris diffinis)
Owlet Moths (Noctuidae family)
Underwing Moths (Catocala species)

Bumblebees (Bombus species)
Carpenter Bees (Xylocopa species)
Leafcutter Bees (Megachile species)
Miner Bee (Andrena cornelli)
Squash Bees (Peponapis species)
Sweat Bees (AgapostemonHalictus, and Lasioglossum species)
Wandering Cuckoo Bees (Nomada species)

Great Black Wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)
Pollen Wasps (Pseudomasaris species)
Scoliid Wasp (Scolia dubia)

Blister Beetles (Meloidae family)
Checkered Beetles (Cleridae family)
Locust Borer (Megacyllene robiniea)
Sap Beetles (Nitidulidae family)
Soft-wing Flower Beetles (Melyridae family)
Soldier Beetles (Cantheridae family)
Tumbling Flower Beetles (Mordellidae family)

Hoverflies, Flower Flies (Syrphidae family)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Glen Rock Pollinator Garden

Pollinator Victory Garden - Rutgers References