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Closeup of a White Striped Black Mason Wasp, all black with white stripes, on a green leaf.
Pollinator of the Month: White-Striped Black Mason Wasp

This striking wasp (Pseudodynerus quadisectus) is encountered in the eastern United States from mid to late summer.


Monarch butterfly's congregating on the limb of a tree. Photo by Denise Gibbs.
The Monarch Butterfly in North America

The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is among the most recognized, studied, and loved of all of North America’s insects.


A color illustration of many different pollinators on a number of different plants.
Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices

Conservation and management of pollinators and pollinator habitat on federal lands.


  • What is Pollination?

    A black and yellow flying insect collecting pollen from a purple flower.

    Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma.

  • Why is Pollination Important?

    View of the Sawtooth Valley with a river, wetlands, and forest covered hills.

    Pollination is important to virtually all of the world's seed plants, terrestrial ecosystems, and the human race.

  • Plant Pollination Strategies

    The flower of the Skunk Cabbage plant, with a node covered center and purple leaves surrounding.

    Flowering plants and their pollinator partners exhibit a variety of floral strategies and pollinator adaptations.

  • Animal Pollination

    A wheel showing six different pollinators on flowers.

    Animal pollinators play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables.

  • Pollinator Friendly Practices

    Illustrated logo of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign

    The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) compiled guidelines.

  • Gardening for Pollinators

    A Monarch Butterfly on Purple Liatris Flowers - image by Teresa Considine, Adobe Stock Photos

    Create a pollinator-friendly landscape around your home or workplace.

Also see Celebrating Wildflowers News for news about pollinators