Photo taken by Beatriz Moisset

Wait!  Don’t squash that bug!

Beetles get a bad wrap due to “messy pollination”.  No one ever taught them not to dedicate where they eat giving them the name “mess and soil pollinators”.  Due to sheer numbers, beetles comprise of the largest set of pollinating animals.  They are responsible for pollinating 88% of the 240,000 flowering plants globally!  So next time you stop to smell a Magnolia, think of your beetle friends!

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 or Not…”

  1. Joan Jackson says:

    I would like to know if you can tell me why over the past few years that there is more spiders, and they are bigger? I have seen alot of Wolf Spiders
    that was about 1″ to 1 1/2″, but now they are 2 or more, and why so many I have never seen before?
    Thank You

    • Asked our Herp Dept and they said that, generally speaking, I guess statistically there should not be more or bigger ones. There could be a lot of reasons for your experience though… If you are making these observations in more than one area or if yuo are outdoors and observing this more now it might account for it. If not, some different stype of spiders expand their range… or look awfulyl similar but are a slightly different kind. Now some species seem to be more common in some years compared to others, and that might explain it too. Hope that helps a little. Thanks for the question and for visiting our blogs!

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