SECRETS OF GARDENING FOR POLLINATORS IN GREATER VICTORIA
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We depend on pollinators Plants that produce seeds, flowers, fruits and vegetables depend on animals who perform the magic of moving the [male] pollen from one part of a plant to the [female] part. Thousands of pollinators exist, but the most common ones include bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, wasps, beetles, and wasps. Consider the Bumblebee. They are lured by the scent of nectar and the color of an apple tree’s blossoms. Flying from flower to flower, they find nectar to feed on. While enroute, pollen from the male part of the flower sticks to their body, signaling it’s time to move on and deliver their powdery stash to the female part of the flower. That, in a nutshell, is fertilization! Not exactly romantic, but, now the tree can produce fruit – and that’s pretty cool. Pollinators are declining The reason, is pollution, the loss of their natural habitat, and poisoning from pesticides. Habitat loss happens as an outcome of urban and suburban development. Read about the status of our most popular pollinators. Bees You’ve probably heard about the decline of Honeybees. They are most prominent of all pollinators and integral to food production. Their loss has an impact on our supply. Native bees’ decline, however, is lesser known and has more severe implications. As documented by the Center for Biological Diversity, nearly 1 in 4 are at risk.