To get started into this fascinating world of what bugs we NEED, this page has a few select items to start. Pollinators are key to our food supply, and making homes for them is a wonderful way to help.
Our workshop handout on Solitary Bee and Beneficial Bug Houses on how to build a passive solar, backyard habitat for native solitary bees and other bugs.
Another excellent reference is the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension’s Creating a Solitary Bee Hotel.
The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. The pollinator.org website is rich with information and projects that are ongoing. For Solitary Bee identification, their 2011 poster is great. Their posters from 2017 and 2018 are also dramatic, insightful and just beautiful!
At the SEEDS Garden at King Recreation Acres, we have a Beneficial Bug House for bees, lady bugs, and butterflies. There are also some birdhouses and water for the birds, bees and butterflies.