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BUTTERFLIES, BEES & BUGS, OH MY!

Getting to Know Some of the Beneficials in Your Garden

October 24, 2012

[FERNDALE] – Butterflies, bees and bugs have important roles in the environment and many of them play essential and critical roles in the garden.  Whether they are pleasant to look at or they elicit an exclamation of “Ewww!” it’s good to know which of these critters should be encouraged, and which should be avoided. 

Sullivan Renaissance will explore this topic during a seminar entitled “Butterflies, Bees and Bugs, Oh My” on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale.  

The seminar will show how to attract butterflies, choose the best plants for a butterfly garden, and identify the most common butterflies in this area.  Participants will learn about the role played by bees and beneficial bugs – and what to do to attract these useful friends.

According to Organic Gardening Magazine, “To get energy to search for their prey, or to reproduce, many beneficial insects feed on nectar (for carbohydrates) and pollen (for protein) from flowering plants.  Researchers are discovering that some flowers are much better sources of nectar and pollen to sustain beneficial insects than others.”

“Studies are also revealing the best plants to grow for shelter to help good bugs thrive.  And as an added bonus, many of the nectar sipping/pest-eating insects that are attracted to flower pollen will also pollinate your fruit and vegetable crops and increase your yields,” the magazine said.

Seminar presenters include Marian Dolan of Butterfly Botanicals in Bloomingburg and long-time beekeeper Jim Kyle, President of Sullivan County Beekeepers Association.

Everyone is welcome.  Pre-registration is requested.  Refreshments will be provided.  To register, contact Sullivan Renaissance at www.sullivanrenaissance.org or 845-295-2445. 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.