National Pollinator Week: JUNE 17-23, 2013
Why you should care about the pollinators (pollinator.org):
- Approximately 1,000 plants worldwide need to be pollinated by animals to produce the food, medicine, and goods on which we depend.
- About 200,000 species of animals act as pollinators: 1,000 of those are hummingbirds, bats, and small animals, and the rest are insects like beetles, wasps, bees, moths and butterflies.
- Some plants depend upon a single pollinator species. If the pollinator disappears, so does the plant that produces that food or beverage. These interdependent foods include blueberries, chocolate, melons, almonds, and others.
- 75% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators.
For a list of crops pollinated by bees, click HERE.