Spring Pollinators

Fly

Left: A fly samples the petals of a crocus
Right: A honey bee collects pollen from a crocus

The first warm days of spring bring out flowering bulbs such as crocuses and hyacinth. These flowers attract pollinators that are active in early spring, primarily species that overwinter as adults. Many of the early spring flowers are fly pollinated. Honeybees become active when the weather warms and do not find as many sources food in early spring as they will later in the season.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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