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POLLINATORS – MORE TO THEM THAN MEETS THE EYE



Birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and of course, bees are pollinators. As they drink flower nectar or feed off of pollen, they pick up pollen and transport these grains from plant to plant. The current decline of pollinator populations is attributed to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats, air pollution, misuse of chemicals, diseases, and changes in climatic patterns. 
 
To celebrate and help protect these important animals, here’s a review of some of the most common and less known of these friends.



Birds of all kinds are excellent pollinators.
 


Hummingbird moth on Buddleia.


Bats provide insect control and help pollinate plants.


Hairstreak butterfly.
 


Swallowtail butterfly.


Io Moth.
 


Luna moth.
 


White-lined Sphinx Moth.


Black soldier fly - the adult of the maggot in your wet compost.
 


Hover fly on crape myrtle - adult is powerful pollinator, larva is an effective predator.
 


Hover or syrphid fly on rose.
 


Tachinid flies have bristly butts and often large colorful eyes.
 


Tachinid fly - parasitoid of pest insects and an excellent pollinator.


Green lacewing - adults are great pollinators, larvae are helpful predators.
 


Bumblebees - even more powerful pollinators than honeybees for certain crops.


Honeybees - imported to the US but valuable pollinators.



Leaf-cutting bees, mason bees and plug bugs are all helpful even though they do some cosmetic plant damage.

 



Wasps - powerful predators of pests and helpful pollinators.
 


Almond verbena - the best pollinator attractor in my garden.


White Gregg's mistflower - even better pollinator attractor than the bluish-purple choice.
 

 
What Can We Do To Help
 
The best way to protect and encourage the pollinators is to help biodiversity by using lots of varying plants and working together to eliminate toxic pesticides to convert the world to organics. Enjoy these fascinating creatures in the meantime!

To discuss this newsletter or any other topic, tune in each Sunday 8am - 11am central time to the Dirt Doctor Radio Show.The call-in phone number is 1-866-444-3478. Listen on the internet or click here to find a station in your area.

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Naturally yours,

Howard Garrett

 

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