I'm thinking about pollinators and its not just about bees.

World Bee Day/Week 2024 Bioblitz Project May 17, 2024 - May 23, 2024, please join.

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

Many watch fascinated as bees collect pollen, butterflies flutter among flowers, or hummingbirds and sunbirds sip nectar. The graceful movements, vibrant colours, and intricate patterns of pollinators enhance inspiring natural landscapes. Aesthetic appreciation, relaxation, and recreation are evoked as they enrich outdoor spaces such as gardens, parks, and wild habitat.

It is not surprising that these movements, colours, and patterns have inspired the imagination of artists, poets, musicians, and storytellers. Pollinators serve as motifs in tapestries, paintings, sculptures, literature, and folklore. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds and sunbirds have symbolic meaning and spiritual significance throughout history for various cultures. Many ancient societies have a long association of bees with fertility, cooperation, and industriousness. Renewal, rebirth, transformation, beauty, and the soul's journey are symbolized by butterflies in diverse cultural traditions. Love, beauty, vitality, energy, and harmony are symbolized in many cultures by hummingbirds and sunbirds. Across cultures and generations greater appreciation, respect, and stewardship of the natural world can be fostered by recognizing and honouring the cultural significance of pollinators.

Posted on April 08, 2024 10:53 PM by bobmcd bobmcd

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I don't know how good of a pollinator Anna's Hummingbirds are on Red Huckleberry, the Huckleberry requires buzz pollination, but I've seen them feeding at the flowers.

Posted by little_mousie about 1 month ago

@little_mousie Hummingbirds primarily feed on nectar from flowers using their long, specialized bills and extendable, grooved tongues. While they primarily rely on nectar as their energy source, they inadvertently transfer pollen from flower to flower as they feed, contributing to pollination.

Although hummingbirds lack the specialized adaptations for buzz pollination seen in certain bee species, there have been reports of hummingbirds exhibiting behaviours similar to buzz pollination. For example, some observations suggest that hummingbirds may sometimes shake or vibrate flowers while feeding, which could potentially dislodge pollen. However, this behaviour is not as widespread or well-documented as it is in bees.

Posted by bobmcd about 1 month ago

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