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.
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.
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)