Supporting Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

 

Wednesday, March 22 at First United Methodist Church
212 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo
Doors open at 6:30 pm for socializing; program starts promptly at 7:00

Logan Rowe, a graduate student in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University,
will speak to Wild Ones in March about some of the current efforts in Michigan to support beneficial
insects.

Beneficial insects provide very important pollination and pest management services in agricultural
and restored landscapes, yet their populations are declining in many of these landscape types.  Understanding the factors that contribute to these declines and developing strategies to support
beneficial insects have become increasingly important as landscapes continue to be altered to meet
human demands. More and more of the efforts to restore or enhance landscapes are focusing on
providing resources for beneficial insects.

Rowe will focus his presentation on a collaborative project to assess the relative attractiveness
of more than 50 native plant species to pollinators and the natural enemies of crop pests. He will
also explain some of the pollinator habitat enhancements that he and his colleagues have
successfully established on farms in Michigan. Finally, he will introduce the audience to a variety
of beneficial insects, using powerpoint photos and preserved field collections.

Rowe will follow up this indoor program with a field trip on Saturday, July 22, to a study site for beneficial insects near Pullman, MI.

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Logan Rowe’s studies in the Department of Entomology at MSU focus on pollinator conservation and
habitat restoration. His research involves developing plant-­‐selection strategies to support
pollinators in managed landscapes.