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Some beneficial arthropods found on farms in Delta are listed below; click the links to learn more.
- Wood bug
- Solitary Bee
Arthropods are an extremely diverse phylum of animals, united by their hard exoskeleton, jointed limbs, and segmented bodies. Those that inhabit agricultural land include flies, spiders, beetles, wood bugs, butterflies, and bees, to name a few. There is no doubt that some can be a nuisance, such as stinging mosquitoes, or a serious agricultural pest, such as potato flea beetle or aphids. But arthropods are also responsible for a suite of activities that are beneficial to humans: pollinating crops, producing honey, eating or parasitizing insect pests, decomposing waste, and being food for a variety of birds, fish, and mammals. Farmland abounds with beneficial arthropods. Preliminary inventories show that pollinators, such as bumblebees, are present in Grassland Set-asides and Hedgerows, and the presence of clover over large areas of Grassland Set-asides likely benefits pollinators.
Photo: Spider on a clover plant in a Grassland Set-aside (David Bradbeer)
News & Events
DF&WT Hosts Young Naturalists' Club of BC
DF&WT teams up with the Young Naturalist Club of BC for a Grassland Set-aside monitoring Citizen Science Project!Read More..
Cover Crop Research Helps Refine Management
DF&WT research reveals the importance of planting date on the ability of a cover crop to support waterfowl.Read More..
- Get To Know SOME OF OUR WILDLIFE:
- Northern Shrike Known as the "Butcher Bird," the Shrike impales prey on thorns to attract mates and mark its territory.
- Lesser Snow Goose Snow Geese congregate on farm fields by the tens of thousands searching for potatoes, grain, and grass.
- Bumblebee These insects benefit farmers by pollinating crops. They find refuges in Grassland Set-asides and Hedgerows.