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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.


lesser long-nosed bat in flight approaching a catcus flower. Lesser Long-nosed Bat (Leptonycteris curasaoae yerbabuenae)

Mexican Long-Tongued Bat (Choeronycteris mexicana). Mexican Long-Tongued Bat (Choeronycteris mexicana)


Alkali Bee (Nomia melanderi). Alkali Bee (Nomia melanderi)

Close up of an American Bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus). Garner, North Carolina. (© Samuel - stock.adobe.com) American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus)

Miner Bee (Anthophora abrupta) Miner Bee (Anthophora abrupta)

Rusty-patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis) Rusty-patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis)

Arctic Bumblebee (Bombus polaris). Arctic Bumblebee (Bombus polaris)

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

carpenter bee on a penstemon flower. Carpenter Bees

Centris pallida Centris pallida

Franklin's Bumble Bee (Bombus franklini) Franklin's Bumble Bee (Bombus franklini)

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)

Orchid bee. Orchid Bee - (Eulaema meriana)

Perdita minima. Perdita minima

Pure Golden Green Sweat Bee (Augochlora pura). Pure Golden Green Sweat Bee (Augochlora pura)

Rose-mallow Bee. Rose-mallow Bee

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

male squash bee on a squash flower. Squash Bees

Yellow-Faced Bee (Hylaeus spp.) Yellow-Faced Bee (Hylaeus spp.)

Wool Carder Bee (Anthidium  maculosum). Wool Carder Bee (Anthidium maculosum)


Glorious Scarab Beetle (Plusiotis gloriosa). Glorious Scarab Beetle (Plusiotis gloriosa)

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


Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna). Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

'I'iwi (Vestiaria coccinea). ʻIʻiwi (Vestiaria coccinea)

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

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


The Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas phaeton). Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas phaeton)

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

The Bog Elfin (Callophrys lanoraieensis). Bog Elfin (Callophrys lanoraieensis)

The California Dogface (Zerene eurydice). California Dogface (Zerene eurydice)

Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae) Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae)

Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios). Hoary Elfin (Callophrys polios)

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

Fritillary. Fritillary Butterflies

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

adult monarch butterfly. Monarch Butterfly

Pipevine Swallowtail feeding on milkweed in South Llano River, TX. Pipevine Swallowtail
(Battus philenor)

Adult Red Admiral butterfly.
Red Admiral Butterfly

Pleistodontes imperialis Zebra Longwing Butterfly


Bee fly. Bee Flies (Bombylius spp.)

Eristalis flavipes. Drone Flies

Flower fly on a yellow leaf. Flower Flies

Syrphid fly (Sphaerophoria philanthus) . Syrphid fly (Sphaerophoria philanthus)


Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius). Columbine Duskywing (Erynnis lucilius)

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

Snowberry clearwing (Hemaris diffinis). Hummingbird Moth

Owlet Moth (Mesogona olivata). Owlet Moth (Mesogona olivata)

Yucca moth. Yucca Moths


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


Blue Mud Wasp (Chalybion californium). Blue Mud Wasp (Chalybion californium)

Pleistodontes imperialis. Fig Wasps

pollen wasp on Penstemon haydenii. Pollen Wasps

Closeup of a White Striped Black Mason Wasp, all black with white stripes, on a green leaf. White-Striped Black Mason Wasp (Pseudodynerus quadisectus)