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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


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Pollinator Club Ideas?

I'm the president of my campus pollinator/environmental club (formally known as "The B Club"). I've got a few ideas for activities and events we can do this spring semester, but I need some more suggestions.

So far I have: Remodel our bee garden, take a day trip to our local arboretum, visit a local farm, go on a group hike, attend/host a floristry workshop, create events for national invasive species awareness week and create an earth day celebration for the end of the semester.

We focused mostly on guest speakers and informative lectures last semester so I'm looking to do some more hands on activities

Any suggestions?

(Edit: forgot to mention that we already keep 3 beehives haha)

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2024/01/12
22:00 UTC

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Pollinator Club Ideas?

I'm the president of my campus pollinator/environmental club (formally known as "The B Club"). I've got a few ideas for activities and events we can do this spring semester, but I need some more suggestions.

So far I have: Remodel our bee garden, take a day trip to our local arboretum, visit a local farm, go on a group hike, attend/host a floristry workshop, create events for national invasive species awareness week and create an earth day celebration for the end of the semester.

We focused mostly on guest speakers and informative lectures last semester so I'm looking to do some more hands on activities

Any suggestions?

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2024/01/12
21:59 UTC

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2024/01/08
13:02 UTC

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Question: Does anyone know what percentage of pollinators in North America are specialists? Or even better, in California? Thanks!

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2023/11/14
14:17 UTC

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Protect the bugs when you plant

Plants grown next to a house that has been treated for termites become toxic to insects. Systemic insecticides are taken up by the plant and then all parts of the plant become toxic. Leaves, flowers and pollen become contaminated and pojsinous. Native plants that take up the very common neonic pesticides become death traps for native insects, including monarch butterflies. It’s best either to plant nothing close to pesticide treated soil or plant non-native plants, most of which don’t host native insects.

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2023/11/05
14:40 UTC

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found a friend late in the season!

I live near Boston, MA (6b). ignore my sad carrots… I found this little one on them when I went to water! from what I can tell it’s a black swallowtail. I know nothing about butterflies so I thought it seemed late for a caterpillar since it’s October and temps have been in the 40Fs at night. I did a little research on the species and saw that it does not migrate and will overwinter in their chrysalis!

I want to move them since I’ll be harvesting these carrots soon. any advice on that would be appreciated! what plants do they like, where do they sleep all winter, etc.!

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2023/10/18
21:02 UTC

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How can I help my friend?

I live in northern NJ and found this guy this morning on my front porch steps so I put him on a butterfly bush. He was still there 10 hours later. I’m guessing he was cold bc it was about 40 degrees. I brought him in to warm up and he’s a little more active. What can I give him to help perk him up?

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2023/10/09
21:34 UTC

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Longhorn bee on Ericameria nauseosa in New Mexico, USA

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2023/09/25
23:10 UTC

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Just some bees on sedum 🐝

I think I see a total of five bees on this sedum that is finally blooming.

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2023/09/15
00:03 UTC

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Fairy bee (genus Perdita) collecting pollen from a yellow aster in New Mexico, USA

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2023/09/11
14:58 UTC

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Yesterday at the 15th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival in Minneapolis!

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2023/09/10
19:51 UTC

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Dragonfly napping on a bergamot orange shrub.

He’s taking a well-earned break. I was surprised to spot him given how good his camouflage is.

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2023/09/03
02:07 UTC

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Just enjoying the orange cosmos :)

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2023/09/02
14:36 UTC

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Another little pollen gorged bumblebee 🐝🌻

They love the sunflowers!

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2023/09/02
00:00 UTC

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Pollen overload :)

3 Comments
2023/08/27
15:33 UTC

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Leave wasp nest?

Important pollinators or dangerous pest hmm...?

4 Comments
2023/07/31
18:33 UTC

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Tiger Bee Fly

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2023/07/27
01:45 UTC

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How do I safely remove a Yellowjacket nest from my Little Free Library?

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.

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2023/07/08
02:49 UTC

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Humanities Homework (Save the Bees)

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!

3 Comments
2023/07/08
02:25 UTC

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why so many dead bumblebees?

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.

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2023/07/02
12:05 UTC

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My flowers and buddleia bushes are looking happy and healthy this season. Looking forward to the buddleia blossoms soon...and butterflies flitting through by mid-summer. In the meantime, I used a pic from a previous season to paint this demo for my watercolor class this week. :)

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2023/07/01
03:46 UTC

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