How do you feel about winged insects like honeybees, houseflies, and dragonflies? Do you find that you love some (like ladybugs) and hate others (like bees)? Maybe you sat on one that stung you at a family picnic, or the nuisance of a few (ahem, mosquitos) has ruined the charm of the many. If you’ve ever struggled to appreciate all the tiny bugs that fly above and around you every day, this blog post is for you. By page-end you’ll have a newly found love of our winged “friends,” and maybe even the desire to attract them to your yard!
Do you like apples? How about blueberries, plums, and squash? More than 70% of the world’s plant species, 75% of the world’s crops, and 30% of the human diet depend on pollinators — not to mention the medicines, fibers, and oils that come from plants that rely on pollination. But what is a pollinator?
Thankfully for us, there’s an absolute army of over 200,000 animal species that serve as pollinators. But there’s a little bit of a problem….
The Problem with Pollinators is not so much a problem they’ve created for us, but one that we’ve have created for them. Since at least the 1950s, pollinator populations have been in steady decline from disease, parasites, pesticides, habitat fragmentation, landscape deterioration, climate change, and competition from non-native insects introduced by humans.
How Can You Help Pollinators? If by now you’ve come to realize how important insects are to all of us, or how valuable they are to the economy, you’ll probably feel a little bit alarmed by the news of their decline. Luckily, there are very impactful ways you can help! Helping pollinators is as simple as:
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