Flowering Cactus and Pollinators
Flower Pollinators in the Garden

Flower Pollinators in the Garden

Flower Pollinators in the Garden

Flower Pollinators in the Garden

The Role of Birds and Pollinating Insects in the Garden

Birds, bees, and other flying creatures have a specific purpose in the garden. And the garden provides a an environment for them to survive. The relationship is symbiotic, meaning that both plants and animals give take resources in order that both can survive. Small birds, bees, and moths do the work of carrying germinating pollen from plants' flowers, thereby enabling the plant to produce fruit, which contains seeds needed for reproduction.

How Pollinators Search for Flowers

Pollinators are attracted to different flower colours. Depending on the abundance of nourishment available, pollinators of various types are attracted to a select amount of colours. For instance, Hummingbirds are attracted to bright red. Here are some more example:
  • Bees are attracted to yellow, blue, purple, and ultraviolet.
  • Butterflies are attracted to red, orange, yellow, and pink.
  • Flies go to green, lime, white, and cream.
  • Hummingbirds light up on red, orange, and purple red.
  • Moths work at night and make sure to visit every flower in bloom.

Other Pollinator Characteristics

Pollinators exibit unique behaviors that are very interesting. Here are a few.

  • Some flowers have landing sites for their pollinators. In some caes these sites are even marked for attraction.
  • Insects such as bees and butterflies will land on a flower where a moth or a hummingbird will feed while hovering.
  • Bees can't see the colour red but can see ultraviolet light.
  • Bees are the only insect that will both collect and store pollen, not just nector. They use it to feed their larvae.
  • Some solitary bees use flowers as shelter and sleep in them at night.
  • Nector is a bribe from the plant to attract the pollinator. The bee, moth, or bird then carries pollen from flower to flower.
  • Butterflies can see and smell flowers.
  • Butterflies often feed on flowers that have similar colours as they do. This makes them harder to see by predators.
  • Hummingbirds prefer red tube shaped flowers, but will take whatever is available with long stamens.
  • Hummingbirds eat half their weight in food a day so they must stay cloase to their food sources.

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