Pollinators are some of the most important species, but do you know why?
Did you know that 1/3 of food crops are pollinated by animals? There are so many delicious foods that rely on pollinators!
Have you eaten any of these lately?
Thank a pollinator!
What exactly is pollination?
Pollen is the yellow substance that a male flower part (Anther) makes. Pollination is the act of transfer the pollen from the male flower part onto the female flower part (Stigma). Once the pollen has been transferred to the female flower part, the pollen then travels downwards to fertilize the eggs. Once the eggs are fertilized, they will turn into seeds and then baby plants! When this process all happens on the same plant it’s called self-pollination. When the pollen from one flower travels to a different plant, it’s called cross-pollination. Both the wind and animals aid in the process of cross-pollination!
Check out some additional information about pollinators by clicking on the images below!
What can I do to help pollinators?
Making a bee hotel is a super simple way to help pollinators in your area! All you need is:
- Jar or Glass
- Paper Straws or Parchment Paper
- Glue or Tape