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At-risk Insect Pollinators

Conservation efforts for monarchs can help numerous other pollinators as well. There are 19 insect pollinators on the Tier 1 species list in Nebraska. This ranking means that they are the most at risk of global or national extinction. These are beneficial insects, including butterflies, moths, and bumble bees, that the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project conserves not only because they are part of the state’s native biodiversity but also because these pollinators are providing valuable ecosystem services. For example, as much as 1/3rd of crops depend on pollinators to increase their production.

  • Bucholz Black Dash (Euphyes conspicua bucholzi)
  • Byssus Skipper (Problema byssus kumskaka)
  • Colorado Rita Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes rita coloradensis)
  • Hourglass Drone Fly (Eristalis brousii)
  • Iowa Skipper (Atrytone arogos iowa)
  • Kohler’s Fritillary (Boloria selene sabulocollis)
  • Married Underwing (Catocala nuptialis)
  • Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
  • Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
  • Nebraska Fritillary (Boloria selene nebraskensis)
  • Ottoe Skipper (Hesperia ottoe)
  • Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia)
  • Smoky-eyed Brown (Lethe eurydice fumosa)
  • Southern Plains Bumble Bee (Bombus fraternus)
  • Suckley’s Cuckoo Bumble Bee (Bombus suckleyi)
  • Tawny Crescent (Phyciodes batesi)
  • Two-spotted Skipper (Euphyes bimacula)
  • Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis)
  • Whitney Underwing (Catocala whitneyi)