FAQ

Search Help

The results of a search are always returned in the same format. The number of records returned by your search is presented in the upper left hand corner of the results page. Insects related to your search are presented in an alphabetized taxonomic hierarchy on the left, which can be expanded or contracted with the use of the filter in the upper left corner. The number of visits we have recorded for a specific insect, or insect group, always appear in parentheses to the right of that taxa. Clicking on this number displays the results related to those taxa in a table format. In contrast, plants species are listed on the right in descending order according to the number of visits we have recorded for a particular insect, or insect group. The number displayed next to plant species names are static, unlike those next to insect taxon, and will not redirect you to data or a new search.

Note: If you click on a number next to an insect group you are effectively using that term as part of a new search and results for the new search will be displayed.

Data specific to your search can be accessed by clicking "Download Results (CSV)" in the upper right hand corner of the search results page. 

First, you will need to search for your species of interest. Once you are on the search results page you can access your plant or insect species page by clicking on the name of the species highlighted in blue.

Data can be accessed by entering single or multiple terms into one or more of the search box categories. As an example, type "honey bee" or “Apis mellifera” into the insect search box and you will receive results specific to Apis mellifera. Now type “Apis mellifera” and "bumble bee" into the insect search box. The results you receive through this search will display data for both the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and bumble bees.

In the upper right hand corner of the results page there is a box with an arrow pointing down that allows you to filter results according to insect taxonomy. The filter is set automatically at the taxonomic level of your search. For example, if you search for Apis mellifera the filter will read "species". This function is most useful when plant names or insect orders are entered as search terms. As an example, type "Pennsylvania Smartweed" into the plant search category. The results returned to you display the number of visits to "Pennsylvania Smartweed" by various insect orders, including those containing beetles and flies. Now, use the filter to select "Genus". The results page updates to reveal different genera, within those orders, that have been documented visiting "Pennsylvania Smartweed".

General Help

United States Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (2015) Pollinator Library. Available at: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/pollinator/ (accessed DD MMM YYYY).

If you are currently conducting research on plant-pollinator interactions or communities and you feel that data you have collected may fit with what is presented on the Pollinator Library please contact us. The data we are specifically interested in feature the following: location; date; host plant species; observation/voucher collector; land use; and elevation.

The limited geographic coverage of the Pollinator Library is a result of the size and breadth of data contributions by our collaborators. We hope that the Pollinator Library will grow to showcase floral visitation by insects throughout the United States.

The Pollinator Library provides basic documentation of plant-insect interactions over a broad geographic area. This information helps natural resource managers and policy advisors identify pollinator-friendly vegetation that can be incorporated into land conservation programs and habitat restoration efforts. Improving pollinator habitat and planting pollinator-friendly vegetation is a key element identified in the 2014 US Presidential Memorandum for improving pollinator health [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/presidential-memo...].