National Pollinators Month

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National Pollinators Month in June encourages the planting of pollinator gardens with native, non-invasive pollen and nectar-producing plants. When these gardens bloom, they attract bees, birds, bats, and other natural pollinators.Butterfly on flower

The value of pollinators to our environment is priceless. Pollinators visit flowers in search of pollen and/or nectar, and in the process, the pollen grains often stick to their bodies and are carried from flower to flower. In this way, they facilitate the process we call pollination. Without pollination, seed and fruit production in animal-pollinated plants cannot be successful, not only for our human consumed food crops but for wildlife diets too. Humans depend on pollinators for our well-being with regards to food production.

An estimated one out of every three bites of food we eat each day result from the work of pollinators. To put this into perspective, apples, blueberries, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, watermelons, strawberries, peaches, blackberries, raspberries, and other important crops grown in North Carolina are dependent on pollinators to produce the fruits and vegetables we have come to enjoy.

Would you like to learn more about pollinators? If so, you will find helpful publications below discussing a wide variety of pollinators.

Butterflies in Your Backyard

Butterfly on flowerButterflies in Your Backyard

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native PlantsPath through a garden

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants

Managing Backyards and Other Urban Habitats for Birds

Bird looking out of a birdhouse

Managing Backyards and Other Urban Habitats for Birds

The Value of Honey Bees as Pollinators in North Carolina

Many crops require insects to move pollen from one flower to another. Pollination ensures fruit establishment, proper development, production of more fruit, and viable seed production. Honey bees are the most important insect pollinator for crops grown in North Carolina.

  • Vegetable and fruit crops that require honey bees include cucumbers, blueberries, watermelons, apples, squash, strawberries, melons, and peaches.
  • Forage crops that benefit from honey bee pollination include alfalfa, cotton, peanuts, and soybeans.

The Value of Honey Bees as Pollinators in North Carolina

If you have questions regarding pollinators, contact Bryan Hartman, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, at 336-593-8179 or bkhartman@ncat.edu.