Plants

Many people mistakenly believe that only insects are pollinators, but that is simply not the case. Pollinators include birds, bats, rodents, and other animals that move pollen from one flower to another. This movement of pollen allows for the fertilizing of plants to take place, which in turn allows the plants to reproduce. Pollination done by animals is referred to as zoophily.

Insect pollination is referred to as Entomophily and out of the 87% of angiosperm plants (plants that produce seeds) in the world, 90% of them are pollinated by insects. Virginia has plenty of pollinators native to North America in addition to honeybee colonies, both managed and feral. This page of my website is dedicated to the many native insect pollinators of North America.

Bees,Wasps, & Flies

Honeybees are not the only bees responsible for pollination. There are many bumblebees, solitary bees, wasps and flies also pollinate plants as well.

Butterflies & Moths

While butterflies and moths are not the best at pollination as pollen does not easily stick to their legs or tongue, every little bit of pollination counts! Some moths species are actually exceptional pollinators. 

Beetles & Ants

Did you know that myrmecophily is pollination by by ants? Cantharophily is pollination by beetles! Beetles that pollinate flowers are called Coleopteran and the flowers that depend on Coleopteran are called cantharophilous. Cool, huh?

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