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7 Pollinators to Help Your Garden Grow

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Let’s talk about the birds and the bees, literally and metaphorically. In addition to bees, six other things contribute to spreading pollen among plants, each designed for a specific action.

For a flower to reproduce, the pollen must move from the male reproductive structure (anther) to the female reproductive structure (stigma). Since many plants need help with this process, they have developed ways to attract helpers. Most use color in the form of flowers, but others lure pollinators with scent or pollen weight.

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2. Moths

Photo credit: Jeff Adkins

White and lightly colored flowers with a strong, sweet scent attract night-flying moths. Moths, like butterflies, only drink liquids because they cannot chew. Using a long, narrow part of the mouth called a proboscis, they also pick up pollen and distribute it during their quest for nectar.

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