What is a Native Species?

A Native Species is found in an area, has developed in that area, and is usually kept in control by other native species of the area. Native species can be harmless, beneficial or a plant/animal/insect pest, in their area of origin.

This website provides several ways to contact a state agency to identify your specimen. Look for the downloadable app to report suspect insects; an electronic form to fill out and send; a Hotline number (1-800-491-1899) to call; or a link to each county’s agricultural commissioner or extension offices.


CA Native Plant Society

The California Native Plant Society works hard to protect California's native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations. Our nearly 10,000 members promote native plant appreciation, research, education, and conservation through our five statewide programs and 34 regional chapters in California.

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