• Tailed Orange
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Great Purple Hairstreak
  • Ceraunus Blue
  • Echo Azure
  • Western Pygmy Blue
  • Common / Checkered White
  • Dainty Sulphur
  • Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Queen butterfly
  • Gray Buckeye
  • Gulf Fritillary and chrysalis


Hello gardening enthusiasts! This site is dedicated to the discovery of pollinators and the supporting web of plants and other characters in Arizona and New Mexico.

This is a visual site, so plants and insects are presented as photos, allowing you to quickly scan to find what you’re looking for.

As you explore this site, hover your mouse over titles, plant and insect names, and photo captions – many of them are linked to sites with additional information!

Use the Top Menu to check out the other pages in this site for more information about pollinators and how to create a supporting habitat.

  • Insects
    • Ants, Bees and Wasps
    • Beetles
    • Butterflies
    • Flies
    • Moths
  • Plants
    • Recommended Plants
    • Host Plant Table
    • Native Plant Nurseries
  • PW Blog – Information, Reviews, Photos and more by our panel of authors
  • Bling – Grab some free background images for phone and computer
  • Contact Us – Let us know what pollinator web suggestions, topics or question are on your mind
  • About – meet our panel of authors

George Roark

All photographs copyright George Roark (PollinatorWeb.com) unless otherwise noted on the photograph, page introduction or description.

New, Plant Tags!

You’ll find new pages under Recommended Plants that highlight native and near native plants that are great for a Southwest Pollinator Garden.

Many of these plants will have free PDF versions of plant tags available.

Each tag has a QR code that links to a dedicated page with more info. (You can try it now – open the Camera on your smart phone and focus on the QR code – when your phone displays PollinatorWeb.com text, click on it.)

Participate in Nature

The Metro Phoenix EcoFlora project is making plant science meaningful and open for everyone, while we learn about the biodiversity of our urban desert home. We need your help! 

A rare plant in a park? A sleeping bobcat in the backyard? What else could be out there? Let’s find out!

Using iNaturalist, a free app that can identify plants and animals, you can help document urban biodiversity. Join the Metro Phoenix EcoFlora project to study plants and wildlife in metro Phoenix. Plus, enjoy events, rewards, EcoQuest challenges and more.

The Maricopa Native Seed Library is excited to announce that we are launching a pollinator habitat certification program specific for our region. This is a natural outgrowth of our mission to increase habitat at home. Please read on!

By creating pollinator habitat at home you can not only protect our pollinators but also reap the well-documented health benefits of spending time in nature. 

We are calling all interested parties in Maricopa County and adjacent areas (including Pinal, Graham, Gila, Pima, La Paz, Yuma and Yavapai Counties as long as you are under 3,000 feet in elevation) to sign up for our free certification program. There are three levels to choose from depending on your time and resources. We plan to offer yard signage, workshops and other support to participants as we grow the project.

ABQ Backyard Refuge Program

We share our backyards with hundreds, even thousands of different plants and animals, but as cities grow, places for wildlife become fewer and farther between.

Even in urban areas, we can make changes that allow other species to flourish with us. Wildlife gardening provides a means of cooperating with our wild neighbors by being aware of their needs and deliberately creating spaces that we can share with our wild neighbors.

From a large, one acre lot that can host numerous different trees, shrubs and flowers, to a deck or balcony large enough for just a small container garden, everyone can contribute by making an effort to garden for wildlife and landscape for conservation.

Please also follow @pollinator_web on Instagram.

To formalize your pollinator efforts and support two great organizations, consider adding a sign to your garden.

Xerces Society

“The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.  Our key program areas are: pollinator conservation, endangered species conservation, and reducing pesticide use and impacts. Scroll on to learn more about our work!”

Monarch Watch

“Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico.”

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  1. J says:

    Great concepts for this site- valuable resources that should ensure a stream of first time and return visits.

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