We have more than 1,000 different types of bees and 150 types of moths and butterflies living in the state of Utah. Humans have interacted with bees for thousands of years. The oldest honey was found in ancient Egyptian tombs and though it was 3000 years old it could still be eaten today.
Let’s Get Creative!
Listed below are the supplies you will need to get started:
- Bowl or saucer (anything with raised edges to hold water)
- Different shaped rocks
- Decorative beads, marbles, or shells
"The best way to observe pollinators is to hold still and to stay in one place. Find a comfy spot on the ground to wait and listen. You will first hear bees, flies and other insects before you will see them. The afternoon heat can also be too much for pollinators to be out in so a great time to see them is in the evening. You can find Long Horn bees taking a nap in sunflowers or Sphinx moths out at night." — Christy Bills, NHMU Entomologist
Check out a few more local spots to find pollinators!
International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park
Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City
Red Hills Desert Garden in St. George
Joan M. Hardle Memorial Arboretum in Murray Park
Fife Wetlands along the Jordan river Parkway
Connect with Local Experts
Save the Bees!
Bees are very diverse, and have a wide range of needs. Learn more about the needs of Utah’s native bees, and how you can help them, from Joseph Wilson, a Biology Professor at Utah State University.
Explore More About Our Pollinator Friends
Attract different pollinators to your neighborhood with help from Wasatch Community Gardens. Explore here to learn more about local pollinators, how to make a butterfly feeder, a variety of bee nests, and what you can plant each season!
Be a butterfly identification expert! Learn about Monarchs and “Monarch-Look-A-Likes” identification with Wild Utah Pollinators and Plant Project.
Giant hawk moths fly for miles each night in search of flower nectar in the desert. Explore the world of nighttime pollinators and nocturnally blooming desert flowers at New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument.