Who are the pollinators?

The spectrum of animal pollinators is much broader than most people realize.  With some 200,000 species world-wide, pollinating approximately 80% of all flowering plants, this group of animals has a profound impact upon the functioning of Earth’s ecology.  They are a keystone group of animals and without them our lives would be very different indeed.

echinacea pollinationThanks to their prevalence in agriculture and humanity’s long-standing relationship with them, the honeybee is often the first to come to mind when we talk about pollinators.  Followed by other favorites like the hummingbird and butterflies–the cute and cuddly of the pollinator demographic.  But there are many more species of pollinators of flowers on this Earth. Read more