Pollinating Insects – Molly Carlson

Molly studied insects in the two demonstration gardens that are part of the Biocore Prairie restoration site. The project examined the relationship between flowering prairie plants (specifically spiderwort, butterfly weed, bergamot, pale purple coneflower, mountain mint, purple milkweed, yellow coneflower, and purple and white prairie clover) and their insect pollinators (specifically beetles, bees, and butterflies). The objectives of the research were to identify pollinators and to observe their behavior and to document the changes that occur in pollinating insects over time as the prairie grew from a small demonstration garden to a several acre site.