Thanksgiving – Hail to the pollinators!

I realized that in almost every set of pictures I take there is an insect collecting pollen or sipping on the nectar of the flowers. Most times I cannot precisely name them (unless a bumble bee). One of my fellow gardeners from ORG&HPS recently wrote a short article on pollinators making the point that although everyone feels bad about the plight of the honey bees, thanks to many other pollinators, our gardens are not affected. Many species of solitary bees, wasps, bumble bees, flies, moths, beetles, butterflies and hummingbirds are doing all the hard work in a well planted garden.

Gentiana dahurica

These are all mine! (Gentiana dahurica)

Besides having a variety of flowering plants from spring to late fall, it is also important to provide nesting habitats. The solitary bees are ground-nesting (constructing tunnels under bare ground) or wood-nesting (in soft twigs or standing dead trees). The bumble bees are social bees and cavity nesting, in most cases making use of old mouse nests.

Gentiana asclepiadea 'Alba'

A well deserved afternoon nap on Gentiana asclepiadea ‘Alba’

Hail to all pollinators! I shall start learning to recognize each and one of them  – by the genus- there are way too…o many species. (Click to open the gallery carousel to see full size images)

If you want to have a look at the ORG&HP website click – HERE, the Seedex is coming up! (thanks to the pollinators)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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4 comments on “Thanksgiving – Hail to the pollinators!

  1. Lovely, clear photos, as always. It takes patience to capture the bees and butterflies.

    My daughter has been keeping mason bees for the last few years. There is a certain amount of work involved, but she finds it rewarding. Once, she took me out into her yard to show me the work of leaf cutter bees: sections of leaf taken off cleanly, with no “chewed up” look about them. Amazing.

    • Thank you.I’ve read that the mason bees are actually better pollinators than the honey bees. The bee from Wisteria image may be a leaf cutter, I always find
      leaves with clean cut-outs, as you said.

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