Pollinator of the Month

Pollinator of the Month highlights the interdependency of certain species of native North American wildflowers and their animal pollinators. Most plants have a flower morphology, color, blooming period, and/or scent that will attract a particular type of pollinator to reap its food rewards of nectar and pollen.

For some species, the co-evolved relationship between plant and pollinator can be so interconnected that the disappearance of one can signal the extinction of the other. Likewise, efforts to conserve or restore plant communities should pay special attention to the needs of the pollinators associated with those plants in order to promote long-term success.

Pollinator of the Month demonstrates the beautiful dance between native plants and their pollinators found in a variety of ecosystems across the United States.

Bats

lesser long-nosed bat in flight approaching a catcus flower.
Lesser Long-nosed Bat

Bees

cuckoo bumblebee searching for pollen and nectar on a sneezeweed flower.
Bumblebees

carpenter bee on a penstemon flower.
Carpenter Bees

Globe mallow bee foraging for pollen on Munro's globemallow, in the process pollinating the flower.
Globe Mallow Bee

A metallic green sweat bee visits a wild rose flower.
Halictid Bees

A female megachile leafcutter bee.
Leaf Cutting Bees

Blue Orchard Mason Bee (Osmia lignaria).
Blue Orchard Mason Bee (Osmia lignaria)

Orchid bee.
Orchid Bees (The Euglossines)

Perdita minima.
Perdita minima

Rose-mallow Bee.
Rose-mallow Bee

Sonoran Bumblebee (Bombus sonorus).
Sonoran Bumblebee (Bombus sonorus)

male squash bee on a squash flower.
Squash Bees

Beetles

Valley Elderberry Long Horned Beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus).
Valley Elderberry Long Horned Beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus)

Birds

Rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus).
Rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

ruby-throated hummingbird and honey bee in flight at a pink flower.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Butterflies

Bog Copper (Lycaena epixanthe).
The Bog Copper (Lycaena epixanthe)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus).
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Fritillary.
Fritillary

male Karner blue butterfly on a grass leaf.
Karner Blue Butterfly

adult monarch butterfly.
Monarch Butterfly

Pleistodontes imperialis
Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Flies

Bee fly.
Bee Flies (Bombylius spp.)

Eristalis flavipes.
Drone Flies

Flower fly on a yellow leaf.
Flower Flies

Moths

the pink-spotted hawk moth on a Datura blossom.
Hawk Moths

Snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis).
Hummingbird Moth

Yucca moth.
Yucca Moths

Mosquitos

Snow Pool Mosquito (Aedes communis).
Aedes communis: The Pollinating Mosquito

Wasps

Pleistodontes imperialis.
Fig Wasps

pollen wasp on Penstemon haydenii.
Pollen Wasps

Pollinator of the Month

Orchid bee.
Orchid Bees (The Euglossines)