Interestingly, though, as I went through my photos, the variety of insects utilizing Gaillardia was not as great as it was for fogfruit. For 2018, I have photos of only 6 different species using Gaillardia in my gardens.
By far the most frequent visitor to my Indian blanket flowers was Poey's Furrow Bee (Halictus poeyi), one of the small, somewhat nondescript, native bees.
Throughout the summer months, the Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bees (Agapostemon splendens) visited regularly. I love these vivid little green jewels. The females are solid green, while the males have black and yellow striped abdomens and a green "jacket" on the thorax.
An insect that I've seen on several different plants around the yard, this Camouflaged Looper, a.k.a. the caterpillar of the Wavy Emerald Moth (Synchlora aerata), looks a bit different depending on which bloom it's raiding for its wardrobe.
Yes, the bloom this little guy raided looks rather tattered, but I personally think it's well worth the less than perfect blossom to see how the flower finery has been used! In 2018, I photographed camouflaged loopers on Gaillardia blooms on June 23 and again on August 5.
Getting back to native bees, one of my favorite groups is the leafcutter bees. Females in this group are easy to recognize because they carry pollen in hairs on the underside of their abdomen, giving them a potbellied appearance.
The only insect I photographed utilizing something besides the bloom of Gaillardia was this paper wasp, which I saw on July 18th.
The final insect in my Gaillardia roundup is this flower beetle, the Pygmy Chafer (Strigoderma pygmaea).
In conclusion, I enjoy having Gaillardia in my gardens a lot, finding that it brings in a reasonable number of insects and provides a nice pop of color throughout most of the growing season. Loving full sun and tolerating pretty dry conditions, it's usually very easy to grow. The only downside I've found to Gaillardia pulchella is that each individual plant lasts for 2-3 years at most. It will reseed a bit and, if I watch for seedlings, I can usually keep it as a garden presence without having to buy it again each year. If you live within its (wide) native range, I'd definitely recommend it for your pollinator garden.