Best Trees to Plant for Wildlife
Trees support life in many forms. While we as humans are partial to fruit trees (who can resist a fresh juicy peach?), many plants and animals have a wide variety of favorite trees where they get their food source.
Some people are grossed out by the caterpillar hatchings of the summer, as they eat leaves on our trees, take over our lawns, driveways, and can even be found crawling on the dog. But did you know that it takes 6,000 – 9,000 caterpillars to feed one clutch (nest with young) of chickadees. That is a lot of protein, not to mention a very busy mama bird.
In other cultures, people relish the idea of eating certain insects and some believe that eating insects could cure our problem with food insecurity. Um…no thanks, even if you smother it with chocolate. But did someone say Tequila worm?
Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home ranks woody plants based on how many insects or invertebrates they can support from the Lepidoptera family (moths and butterflies make up 50% of all insect herbivores in the U.S.).
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