Florida Pollinators

What exactly is a pollinator and what is its role in our environment?

See, a pollinator is an insect or animal that transfers the pollen grains, produced by flowers, from the anthers of a flower to the stigma of the same or another flower, thus helping the flowering plants to produce seed and set fruit. As a result, we are able to enjoy a rich and diverse diet consisting of many different fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts! And, the seeds from these plants can be used to successfully plant new plants!

Some of the most common pollinators are bees, butterflies, flower beetles, wasps, moths, hummingbirds, and some bats. Among these, honey bees and native bees are especially well suited to be pollinators because of their special, fuzzy haired bodies!

As you can tell by now, most of our foods are available to us because of this invaluable service, provided by our pollinators. Their important role in our environment makes them a keystone species!