Flowering Plants Preferred by Bees of the Prairie Pothole Region

Fact Sheet 2020-3038
Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Honey Bee Health Coalition
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Land managers have stressed the need for improved pollinator habitat on private and public lands of the Prairie Pothole Region. Understanding flowering plant preferences of pollinators will improve the cost-effectiveness of conservation seeding mixes. The purpose of this fact sheet is to assist conservation planners and producers with developing seed mixes by highlighting flowering plants that are preferred by honey bees and wild bees across a variety of grassland cover types in the Prairie Pothole Region.

Suggested Citation

Simanonok, S., and Otto, C.R.V., 2020, Flowering plants preferred by bees of the Prairie Pothole Region: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3038, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203038.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Improving Pollinator Habitat
  • Evaluating Preferences of Bees (2015–19)
  • Preferred Flowering Plants
  • Reference Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Flowering plants preferred by bees of the Prairie Pothole Region
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2020-3038
DOI 10.3133/fs20203038
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description Report: 2 p.; Data Release
Online Only (Y/N) N
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