Supporting Beneficial Insects with Flowering Plants

Date: August 2, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Clarksville Research Center, 9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, MI 48815
Contact: Doug Landis, 517-353-1829,


The beneficial insects that provide valuable pest control and pollination services to farms and gardens require access to diverse sources of nectar and pollen to support their activities. MSU entomologists have been testing more than 55 species of Michigan native and other insect-supporting (i.e. insectary) plants to see which are most attractive to pollinators and natural enemies. Participants in this workshop will learn to identify key pollinators (managed and wild bees), and natural enemies of insect pests (predators and parasitoids), as well as learning about programs that can help them establish beneficial insect habitats on their property. Field tours will demonstrate which plants are best for attracting beneficial insects and include information on establishment and maintenance of insectary habitats. Speakers will also include representatives from MSU Plant Biology, USDA-NRCS, and Michigan Native Plant Producers Association

Registration Information

Registration is open until July 23, 2016 with a fee of  $20 to cover lunch and materials.
Cancellations after July 23, 2016 will be charged a $10 canecllation fee.


10 a.m. - Welcome and goals for the day. Doug Landis, MSU Entomology

10:15 a.m. - Natural enemy identification and habitat management. Dan Gibson, MSU Entomology

10:30 a.m. - Pollinator identification and habitat management. Logan Rowe, MSU Entomology

10:45 a.m. - Visit common garden field site and rotate among stations to learn about:

  • Natural enemy sampling, identification, and biology. Dan Gibson
  • Pollinator sampling, identification, and biology. Logan Rowe
  • Plant identification and biology. Michigan Native Plant Producers Association Members

12-1 p.m. - Lunch and interactive time (lunch is included in the cost of registration) 

  • Learn about programs to help landowners establish and maintain insectary habitat

1 p.m. - Visit established insectary plots.

  • Learn about insectary habitat establishment. Lars Brudvig, Anna Groves, MSU Department of Plant Biology
  • Impacts of insectary habitat on pollination. Rufus Isaacs, MSU Entomology

 2 p.m. - End


(included cost in registration) 

  • E-2973 Attracting Beneficial Insects with Native Flowering Plants
  • E-2949 Identifying Natural Enemies in Crops and Landscapes
  • E-3282 Bees of the Great Lakes Region and Wildflowers to Support Them
  • 2015 Results of SARE Insectary Plant Project 


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