National Pollinator Week

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A bee at work.

How many pollinators are you caring for? How many can you name? Flies, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, digger bees, bumble bees, beetles, bats, moths, even lemurs are pollinators. But they are disappearing.

So a few years ago, in response to the The Forgotten Pollinator Campaign, Congress set aside a week to focus on the big and little creatures that turn flowers into fruit, and put food on our table.

Allow a few wildflowers and weeds to remain in the yard for the native bees and butterflies. Allow a little soil to remain bare in the yard for ground nesting bees. Plant a butterfly garden. Foreswear pesticides.Go to and learn more.

A newly hatched monarch.