Gardening for Wildlife
One of the exciting benefits of gardening with native plants is their ability to attract a wide range of wildlife, especially native species. In fact, we have been able to identify over 1800 unique species of animals utilizing the Gottlieb Native Garden —from ants to bats to birds to lizards.
Below are the numbers of species broken down into specific groups (as of January 2023):
10 Reptiles and Amphibians
13 Springtails and Two-pronged Bristletails
10 Dragonflies and Damselflies
15 Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids
239 True Bugs
1 Twisted-wing Insects
46 Book, Bark and Jumping Plant Lice
20 Lacewings, Mantispids, Antlions and Snakeflies
243 Bees, Ants, Wasps and Sawflies
520 Moths and Butterflies
25 Mites and Ticks
16 Centipedes, Millipedes and Symphylans
6 Snails and Slugs
I post the majority of arthropods I find in the garden to iNaturalist. Below are the most recent additions - each one is clickable for more information.
Various methods are used for assembling data on animals in the garden, including observation, collecting and photographing with both hand-held and remote cameras. Some animals are simple to identify down to species level. These would include mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Arthropods can be a different story. We do our best to identify insects, arachnids and similar animals to species level, but sometimes have to settle with simply placing them in a tribe or family.