Bumblebee on Lantana

In the U.S., the economic value of pollination services provided by native insects (mostly bees) is estimated at $3 billion each year.  Bumblebees are highly efficient in pollinating many crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cranberries, and blue berries.  Yumm!  Best of all, most bumblebees won’t bother you unless you bother them.  When gardening at home, please consider using native plants.  Most of all, be kind to pollinators, consider going organic.  Insecticides tend to kill indiscriminately and will eliminate a lot of your pollinators.  The larger the variety of wildlife in your yard or garden (insects, birds, toads, lizards, etc.) the less “pest” insects you will have.  Naturally!

For more information on creating a native garden, visit: http://www.xerces.org/pollinators-south-central-region/

For more Bee-lieve it or Not facts, come join the Houston Zoo in celebrating National Polinator Week on June 26th and 27th. We will have tables and chats from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. all about our favorite pollinators.  Bee sure to  record your pollinating adventures in a nature blog to share at the Swap Shop!

2 Responses to “Bee-lieve it of Not…”

  1. I’m really happy to have found another blog that talks about the importance of pollinators! I study bumble bees as part of my doctoral research, and have been disappointed at how little the public knows about them and other bees as a group. Thanks for contributing to public education about pollinators!

    • Thanks Athena! We are going to have a special Pollinator’s weekend coming up this June 25 & 26. Please check our website for details! We will also be having some new blog posts about this in the next few days.

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