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As a science-based organization, the Xerces Society produces dozens of publications annually, all of which employ the best available research to guide effective conservation efforts. Our publications range from guidelines for land managers, to brochures offering overviews of key concepts related to invertebrate conservation, from books about supporting pollinators in farmland, to region-specific plant lists. We hope that whatever you are seeking—whether it's guidance on making a home or community garden pollinator-friendly, advice on developing a local pesticide reduction strategy, or detailed information on restoring habitat—you will find it here!


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The Southwest spring firefly (Bicellonycha wickershamorum) was proposed for listing as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act by the Xerces Society in 2023.

The Florida intertidal firefly, also known by the common names mangrove firefly and fiddler crab firefly, is a habitat specialist found only in the mangroves and salt marshes of coastal Florida and the Bahamas. Belonging to a tropical branch of the firefly family tree, this species is the only member of its genus in the United States.

The Florida intertidal firefly (micronaspis floridana) was proposed for listing in 2023 through a petition submitted by the Xerces Society.

The the loopy five firefly (Photuris forresti) was proposed for listing in 2023 through a petition submitted by the Xerces Society.

The the mysterious lantern firefly (Photuris mysticalampas) was proposed for listing in 2023 through a petition submitted by the Xerces Society. The mysterious lantern firefly, a native species endemic to the Delmarva Peninsula of Delaware and Maryland, is associated with high quality forested peatland floodplain habitats. It is known from only six sites in two watershed. As a habitat specialist, the mysterious lantern firefly is threatened by habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation.


This information sheet has details of the plant species included in the California Monarch and Pollinator Habitat Kits, an overview of the habitat kit project, and guidance on how to request a kit.

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Conservation recommendations from the U.S.

Although grapes do not require insect pollination in order to set fruit, vineyards can be excellent locations for establishing pollinator habitat. Permanent and temporary habitat in vineyards can support declining pollinator populations contributing to species recovery in key geographic areas throughout the state. Pollinator habitat plantings also attract other beneficial insects such as natural enemies that prey on crop pests.

Developed by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, with support from Oregon Tilth and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bee Better Certified works with farmers and food companies to make places that are better for bees and other pollinators. This brochure serves as an informative introduction to the program.
Bee Better Certified® is the gold standard of pollinator-focused farm certification programs. Developed by the Xerces Society, the world’s largest science-based pollinator conservation organization, Bee Better Certified builds upon nearly two decades of on-farm habitat research and development.
Essays on Invertebrate Conservation
Understanding the natural history of the species we work with is the foundation of our efforts to protect invertebrates and their habitats. We at Xerces are completely en­thralled by the amazing behaviors, intriguing relationships, and eye-catching beauty of these animals. This issue of Wings features bees, butterflies and wasps, and dragon­flies. We hope you find them as entrancing as we do.