Pollinators 101

Our planet's food supply depends on pollinators. These creatures can range in species, from insects to birds all with unique characteristics. Think of pollinators as a team of superheroes, each type with their unique powers.


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Butterflies, beetles, wasps, and even flies are all essential pollinators.

Bees are the pollinators we are all most familiar with. According to the NACCP, there are over 4000 types of bees in the United States. Some species are independent (carpenter bees, Polyester, leafcutters and cactus bees) while others are in looser colonies (honeybees, sweat bees). Interestingly enough, bees see the world with a very different perspective.

Because of their focus on pollen and flowers, they rely on vision to find flowers to land on at a distance.

Bees utilize ultraviolet light to better see and land on the flowers. They cannot see red, but see the world in blue, green and UV. So, make sure to include bright vibrant flowers in your garden to act as an ideal landing pad.


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Some of the species in our region are Brush-footed, Gossamer-winged,Swallowtail, Parnassian, Skipper, White, Sulphur and Milkweed butterflies. They usually look for flowers that provide a good landing platform, and similarly to bees are in the market for bright vibrant colors. They require full sun plants, wind protection, open areas to bask ( like wide flat stones), and moist soil for mineral consumption.

As a contrast, beetles and flies are less popular but still important in the world of pollinating. Flies primarily pollinate small shade-blooming flowers in seasonally moist locations. Beetles


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