We've spent this week celebrating pollinators...
Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are included in this group of amazing beings. Thank you for your enthusiasm celebrating National Pollinator Week from June 20- June 24, 2016. In case you missed it, learn why we think so highly of pollinators.
The main reasons why pollinators are the bomb:
- Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day.
- Pollinating animals travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies in a vital interaction that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants.
- Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.
- If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy.
- Honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States.
- Pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from sever weather, and support other wildlife.
Enjoy these photos of beautiful pollinators throughout our nursery.
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The infamous Buckeye Butterfly. One of the most prominent and common butterflies in Sacramento. They keep our gardens pretty and our tomato plants producing fruit.
One of the beetles that pollinates...a lady beetle or lady bug to be exact. Did you know that lady beetles also eat aphids? They can eat upwards of 100 aphids per day!
This photo was snapped by one of our favorite patio personnel, Deborah at our Elk Grove store. She has a keen eye for insects, since her background is in entomology.
Yes, according to the Native Bee Conservancy, even frogs can be considered pollinators. Do you see him? Hopping from one plant to another he deposits pollen can be a pollinating powerhouse.
Butterfly on, that's right, you guessed it, BUTTERFLY Bush! Any variety of Buddleia is a butterfly magnet. Buddleia = Butterflies
And of course the most popular type of pollinator, the bee. First stop, hydrangea, and hopefully it's next stop is our veggie garden.
Thanks for celebrating National Pollinator Week with us this week. We hope that you learned a thing or two about these beautiful and essential creatures in our habitat. Without them, we'd surely be hungry, or at least lack much of the variety of fruits and veggies available to us in California.
If you already have a pollinator habitat, consider registering it with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge to help the cause. If you would like more pollinators in your yard, next time you're thinking of what to plant, give a nod to a pollinator and plant something to keep them coming back.
Interested in plants that attract pollinators seasonally?
download our guide!
Thank you to Pollinator.org for some interesting statistics about pollinators. Thank you to Ashley and Deborah from our stores for your stellar photos.