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Monday, September 6, 2010

Pollinators and Flowers

A monarch butterfly on a purple coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea)

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from an anther to a stigma of the same or another flower or from a male cone to a female cone in coniferous plants. Successful pollination leads to fertilization, which in turn leads to the production of a plant's fruit and seeds. Pollination may be performed by insects, birds, bats, wind, and humans. Here are some pollinators and flowers we spotted at the farm this summer.

Unknown flowers at GROW (above)

Cosmos with a bee (above)

A sunflower with a bee (above)

Marigolds and a big bee (above)

A female Eastern Black Swallowtail landing on a zinnia (above)

Media (text and image) created and published by Rebekah Carter 2010.

1 comment:

Pat Hubert phubert85@yahoo.com said...

I publish the Master Gardeners newsletter from Minnehaha Master Gardeners group in South Dakota, and we wondered if we could use one of your photographs for a newsletter story on pollinators? Your photos are beautiful and we would be happy to cite your blog!