Watch a Pollinator at Work

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Watch a pollinator at work

Have you ever watched or listened to a flower garden in the summer? Have you heard bees buzzing and watched butterflies visiting the flowers? Where any other animals, such as birds, beetles or ants, visiting the flowers?

Some animals are attracted to sweet nectar in flowers. Plants make nectar to help feed animals, but the animals are helping the plants too. When bees and other animals move around flowers they take pollen from one flower to another flower. If the pollen lands in the right spot, it moves down into the flower to help it make seeds and fruit. The transfer of pollen is called pollination and the animal helpers are called pollinators.

 Internet links to help you:

Pictures of different types of pollinators – written for kids

Pollinator facts

Four-minute video showing the hidden beauty of pollination

 Why not make a bee condo…

Books

The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds by Ruth Heller

National Geographic Readers: Bees by Laura Marsh

A, Bee, See: Who are our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble? by Kenneth Eade, photographs by Valentina Eade

Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators by Rhonda Fleming Hayes