What's going on?
Some of the six-legged creatures that you find outside may seem scary, but they are actually helpful. Good insects pollinate flowers and even kill the bad bugs.
Why are pollinators important to us?
Bees, butterflies, ants, beetles, wasps and moths (as well as hummingbirds, bats and other small animals) provide pollination for plants that are important to humans. They pollinate:
- 1/3 of the food you eat.
- approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices and medicines.
- 75% of all flowering plants.
Most of the fruits and vegetables you find in the grocery store would no longer be available if honey bees and other pollinators were to go extinct. We'd have to say goodbye to colorful meals, fruit smoothies and salad bars.