Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens is available for purchase through the Wildflower Center Store
Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens
Author(s): Tallamy, Douglas W.
Publisher: Timber Press
Comments: From the book jacket:"...there is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife...most native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plant species disappear or are replaced by alien exotics, the insects disappear, thus impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. ...By favoring native plants, gardeners can provide a welcoming environment for wildlife of all kinds." Tallamy is an entomologist whose research has shown that insects overwhelmingly rely on native plants and avoid non-natives when seeking edible leaves and larval food. He lists in order of importance the plants that are most important to insects, concentrating on his home region, the northeastern United States. He provides, too, a list of insect families and their arthropod predators and identifies which plants they rely on for their life cycles. He also includes histories of non-native introductions and the diseases and pests brought with them.
Last Updated: 2010-10-14