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At-risk Insect Pollinators

Conservation efforts for monarchs can help numerous other pollinators as well. There are at least 18 insect pollinators that are at-risk in Nebraska. These are beneficial insects, including butterflies, moths, and bumble bees, that the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project would like to conserve not only because they are part of the state’s native biodiversity but also because these pollinators are providing valuable ecosystem services.

  • Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
  • Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia)
  • Colorado Rita Dotted-Blue (Euphilotes rita coloradensis)
  • Iowa Skipper (Atrytone arogos iowa)
  • Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis)
  • Two-spotted Skipper (Euphyes bimacula)
  • Bucholz Black Dash (Euphyes conspicua bucholzi)
  • Ottoe Skipper (Hesperia ottoe)
  • Married Underwing (Catocala nuptialis)
  • Whitney Underwing (Catocala whitneyi)
  • Southern Plains Bumble Bee (Bombus fraternus)
  • Variable Cuckoo Bumble Bee (Bombus variabilis)
  • Suckley’s Cuckoo Bumble Bee (Bombus suckleyi)
  • Hunt Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii)
  • American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus)
  • Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis)
  • Yellow Bumble Bee (Bombus fervidus)
  • Morrison Bumble Bee (Bombus morrisoni)