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The landscapes created for these beneficial insects are more than a mass of pretty flowers. They provide needed resources to help them cope in an increasingly built environment and offer opportunities for direct connection with nature.
Jaret Daniels, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of Florida and the Director of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Dr. Daniels received a B.S. from Saint John’s University in Minnesota and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. An entomologist by training, he specializes in the ecology and conservation of at-risk butterflies and other native insect pollinators. Some of his current work in collaboration with the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, Florida Department of Transportation, and the Duke Energy Foundation, focuses on issues surrounding determining best management practices for native pollinators.
He has authored more than 50 scientific papers, popular articles, and books dealing with butterflies, wildlife landscaping, and native plants, including his most recent titles “Backyard Bugs: An Identification Guide to Common Insects, Spiders, and More,” “Vibrant Butterflies: Our Favorite Visitors to Flowers and Gardens,” and “Butterfly Conservation in North America: Efforts to Help Save Our Charismatic Microfauna.”