A reddit for pollinators
The Pollinators Reddit
Pollinator - an animal that moves pollen from the male anther of a flower to the female stigma of a flower. This helps to bring about fertilization of the ovules in the flower by the male gametes from the pollen grains.
Insect pollinators include bees, (honey bees, solitary species, bumblebees); pollen wasps (Masarinae); ants; flies including bee flies and hoverflies; lepidopterans, both butterflies and moths; and flower beetles. Vertebrates, mainly bats and birds, but also some non-bat mammals (monkeys, lemurs, possums, rodents) and some lizards pollinate certain plants. Among the pollinating birds are hummingbirds, honeyeaters and sunbirds with long beaks; they pollinate a number of deep-throated flowers.
A pollinator is different from a pollenizer, a plant that is a source of pollen for the pollination process. Wikipedia: pollinator
I think I see a total of five bees on this sedum that is finally blooming.
He’s taking a well-earned break. I was surprised to spot him given how good his camouflage is.
They love the sunflowers!
Important pollinators or dangerous pest hmm...?
I don’t know how fast these buggers work, but I was surprised to open it and see maybe 20-30 of them going to work on two of those small disc hexagon nests. The internet is very quick to suggest killing them, but I’d rather relocate them or, at the very least, evict them. If I used a long barbeque spatula to scrape it off and fling it in one fell swoop and then run like hell, will that work? Or am I just going to end up on America’s Funniest Home Videos? Any ideas are very much appreciated.
I’m doing a protest assignment for my humanities class in college. I’ve created a PowerPoint about pollinators and why they are important and how we can help them.
What is something you would consider important information to include in this presentation/protest. Thanks in advance!
I've been coming across the odd dead bumblebee here and there over the last few weeks. This morning I had a good look and counted 8 bees from outside my drive up to my neighbours drive. Is this normal at this time of year? (Midsummer in Ireland) or could there be something wrong? We don't use any pesticides or weed killers.
My yard has been a blend of hugelkuktur tactics and permaculture, building perennial beds on giant rotting wood mulch, mostly maple branches and mulch. I cultivate native pollinating plants to my zone, and have seen a ridoculous variety of pollinators and bugs this year. I just wish I knew what they all were. I kbow I can google the images of each, but Ive always learned from a person better. Just curious if this type of hire is a thing that insectologists (?)... Maybe I should call the agriculture department at the local university? Any suggestions anyone?
After about 3 years I’m happy to report my oak leaf hydrangeas are doing their job. (North Carolina Triad region)
Hey all! I’m recent Ecology Undergrad looking for graduate programs that I should be applying to. I was wondering if you guys had recommendations on contemporary researchers on pollinators that I should be looking into and potentially reaching out to. I’m only really looking for researchers based in the U.S but I’m open to reading other work!