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Butterflies

The Silent Pollinators

Butterflies pollinate large areas of plantscapes at one time. They habitually travel farther & pollinate  more area than the more aggressive pollinators like bees do. Unlike their larvae, adult butterflies do not eat solid foods.

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They sip sweet, nutrient rich nectar through their long tongues but they need to drink water too. Butterflies drink from mud puddles. Mud Puddling is very important. It is rich in nutrients and salts that butterflies need.

These  easy going pollinators have large, long-legged  bodies that do not allow them to fit inside flowers and take up as much pollen as other smaller more aggressive pollinators do. Despite their size disadvantage; their weightless bodies do allow them to land on more delicate flowers than the heavier weighted pollinators can land on.
Butterflies pollinate while sipping nectar. They unintentionally rub against the flower’s anther picking up pollen on their body and then traveling from flower to flower to sip more nectar, rub & distribute more pollen.

Different species favor different flowers. Large flat – shaped flowers and large bunches of small flowers are easy for butterflies to stand on. Some of their favorite flowers are:
Anise, Hyssop, Butterfly Bush, Columbine, Dianthus, Golden Rod, New England Aster, Marigolds, Milkweed,Petunias, Verbena, Yarrow, to name a few.

Avoid Hybrids

Hybrids, even organic hybrids, do not always produce nectar or pollen. Pollinators will still try eating from hybrids leaving them without proper nutrition.
Just think of how many well-intended growers work with hybrids across the globe & how many pollinators have no choice but to rely on them.

Hybrids do not always produce reliable, sustainable, next generation seeds but if they do produce next generation seeds most of the time crops grown from these seeds are deformed, stunted & unreliable making them unsustainable for the grower.

Butterfly – Beneficial – Sustainable – Pollinator

Urban Farming?  Got Butterflies?


 

Bees

Bees

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Most everything I say about bees is biased because of my love and appreciation for them.

These busy pollinators are easy to please by simply adding flowers & plants that they love. Bees sense of fragrance and their ability to see all colors, excluding red; make planting bee attracting companion flowers & plants throughout food crops a breeze.   Planting a diverse assortment of colorful, fragrant flowers, garden vegetables, even trees & shrubs will be a sure invite to bees.
I choose perennials or self-seeding annuals…they’re more dependable at yearly flowering than I am at yearly seeding.
Nectar: Bees are serious about drinking their nectar. (they love to drink water too) Nectar provides bees with the essential energy they need to perform well. Bees use nectar to make honey.
Pollen: Pollen is their essential source for nutrients, fats & proteins. Bees pollinate the flowers. Bees carry pollen from one flower’s anther to another flowers stigma. Pollination leads to fruits & vegetables.
Menu Suggestions Include:
Borage
, Clover, Dandelion, Golden Rod,  Nasturtium, Purple Vetch, Sunflower to name a few and water….bees always need water in even the shallowest dish or the dew that gathers on the crops in the morning.

Avoid Hybrids
Hybrids, even organic hybrids, do not always produce nectar or pollen. Pollinators will still try eating from hybrids leaving them without proper nutrition.
Just think of how many well-intended growers work with hybrids across the globe & how many pollinators rely on them.
Hybrids do not always produce reliable, sustainable, next generation seeds but if they do produce next generation seeds most of the time crops grown from these seeds are deformed, stunted & unreliable making them unsustainable for the grower.

Bees – Beneficial – Sustainable – Pollinator

Urban Farming? Got Bees?