Using fall-blooming plants in the landscape will give insects an extra boost for late-season and winter. These days, insect population decline has more attention than ever. The most popular of which is the Monarch Butterfly. There is also frequent news over the Honeybee (Apis mellifera).
Though not native, the honeybee has become an important part of our ecosystem. However, there’s now a constant threat to native bees as well. In Wisconsin, we list the rusty-patched bumblebee as endangered. Once common, habitat loss, insecticide use, and climate change have lasting effects on the bee population. These days, major organizations like the UW-Madison Arboretum (among many others) work to preserve bee habitats and encourage them to thrive.
You can help too. Simply choosing plants in your landscape that encourage the same safe habitat and diversity will work to correct the balance.