Xerces Society

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit group focusing on invertebrate conservation. Be sure to check their "Publications" section for useful resources.  

How does the "Filter Results" box work?

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.

How do I use the search box?

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.

How does the Pollinator Library contribute to pollinator conservation?

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.

How do I contribute to the Pollinator Library?

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.