Pollinators Need Your Help!
What is Pollination?
Pollination occurs when pollen grains are moved between two flowers of the same species, or within a single flower. Pollination can occur between plants when pollen is carried by the wind or by INSECTS such as the honeybee.
About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization.
Who are our Pollinators?
There are many important pollinating insect species in the orders:
- Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, and ants)
- Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
- Diptera (flies)
- Coleoptera (beetles)
- Chiropetra (bats)
- About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.
- Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees.
- There are 20,000 different species of bees
Why is Pollination So Important?
The transfer of pollen in and between flowers of the same species leads to fertilization, and successful seed and fruit production for plants. Pollination ensures that a plant will produce fruit and a set of viable seeds.
- An estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages is delivered by pollinators.
- In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually.
- Plants that depend on a single pollinator species, and likewise, pollinators that depend on a single type of plant for food (for example, fig wasps and fig trees or monarch butterflies and milkweed plants) are interdependent. If one disappears, so will the other.
What Can You Do To Help?
- Create a Pollinator Garden
- Watch For Pollinators
- Reduce Your Impact
- Avoid Pesticides
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