Milkweed Beetle

Pollinators in Wayland

July 12, 2016

A common buckeye at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A common buckeye at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A crossline skipper at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A crossline skipper at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A Delaware skipper at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A Delaware skipper at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A great golden digger wasp at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A great golden digger wasp at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A honey bee at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A honey bee at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A milkweed beetle at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A milkweed beetle at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.

Michael Newton photographed several insects during a pollinator survey at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland. SVT has been working to improve habitat for the insects as part of our Places for Pollinators project. The goal of this project is to increase the abundance of quality foraging plants and bee-nesting habitat for pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies and native bees. The focus of this work has been along the Sudbury River, a major migratory corridor. At Greenways, this is a piece of an ongoing effort to restore native habitat at the property's north field.

Join us at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury for one of our Pollinator Parties on Saturday, July 16, 2016, to learn about the causes of the sharp decline in pollinators and what can be done in your own back yard to help. Register for the morning session or the afternoon session and enjoy a trail walk at Wolbach to discover plants beloved by butterflies and bees, visit the new pollinator garden beds, help construct a bee hotel, and enjoy refreshments that depend on the hard work of pollinators. There will also be activities that children will enjoy. 

Nature at Great Meadows in Concord

July 5, 2014

An American lotus leaf at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A blue dasher at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A milkweed beetle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed an American lotus leaf, a milkweed beetle and a blue dasher dragonfly at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Milkweed and insects in Bolton

July 9, 2011

A milkweed plant in Bolton, photographed by Janet Pesaturo.
A bumblebee on a milkweed plant in Bolton, photographed by Janet Pesaturo.
A pair of milkweed beetles on milkweed in Bolton, photographed by Janet Pesaturo.
Janet Pesaturo photographed milkweed, a bumble bee and a pair of milkweed beetles in Bolton.