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Friday, June 24, 2011

It is All About the Pollinators (photo tribute)


80% of all plants rely upon pollination for survival!

Bumblebee in hibiscus bloom

What is a pollinator?

Bee on Black & Blue Salvia

A pollinator is an animal that causes a plant to make fruit or seed by moving pollen from one part of the flower to another. 

Bee on Hosta bloom

 Bees,

Bee on Thyme

Bee on Zinnia

hummingbirds,

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


and butterflies make the best pollinators.

Gulf Fritillary on Coneflower

Morning Cloak Butterfly

But other insects such as beetles, wasps, spiders and flies can also be pollinators.

flies on Queen Anne's Lace

beetle on Magnolia bloom

There are nocturnal pollinators as well such as moths and bats.

Cercropia Moth

And insects, lizards, beetles and ants accomplish pollination inadvertently.




One out of every three bites of food that we take is made possible by pollination!

Help conserve and support pollinators...plant a pollinator friendly garden, don't use pesticides, incorporate native plants in your landscape and leave your garden a little untidy!

10 comments:

  1. Those are some fantastic photos especially that first one.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
    Hi Karin, What a great group of photos. I love the hot pink in the opening shot. That Cercropia Moth has such striking markings. I have never seen one before.

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  3. Beautiful shots Karin - great captures ! I'm conscious of the pollinators too - don't use anything stronger than soapy water (works great for aphids) if I can help it.

    Have a great weekend !

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  4. Incredible photos!! My entire garden is based around attracting pollinators. I wish more people realized how important bugs are. I preach/teach about the evils of insecticide every year in my science classes. I tell my students that when they put out bug killer, they kill all the good guys, too. I can only hope they will pass it on to their parents!

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  5. You have a wonderful selection of pollinators pictured and wrote a nice tribute to them. The post would be a good example for kids, like what CM said she does in her classroom.

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  6. Thank you Sunray Gardening!

    Jennifer, the Cercropia Moth was an incredible find! It is the largest native moth in N. America and is rarely seen during the day. We were very excited to find this one.

    Thanks Rick! Hope you have a relaxing weekend too!

    CM, great work that you are doing! I teach a JMG class for 3rd graders as part of their science curriculum and we grow an organic garden and I only teach organic methods. We can only hope it gets passed along!

    Donna/Greenapplesgarden, Thank you! I use a lot of my photos when I teach my JMG class since most of the kids have never seen some of these creatures before. Sadly, many children don't spend enough time outdoors to appreciate all nature has to offer!

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  7. What a beautiful tribute to pollinators! I just finished writing about bees and quoting E.O. Wilson on a world without insects ... I love the photo of the bee on thyme and the Gulf fritillary on the coneflower. Actually, they all are gorgeous - could be a children's book on pollinators!

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  8. Nice tribute. Important information indeed.

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  9. Great post! It's good to remember that it's not just bees that pollinate. There are many other not so pretty bugs that are just as important.

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  10. Just getting back to reading blogs and glad I caught this post...great shots...I have not had much time to wait patiently for the hummers or butterflies...I love the pic of the zinnia..what incredible color

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