Huayan Chen is a PhD student in Entomology. His portfolio features a variety of insect pollinators that are active during spring.
By Huayan Chen
“Why insect pollinators?” you may ask. And it also was the question I asked myself when I began to think about writing a blog post for the workshop, “Communicating Science via Photography.” The reasons are obvious. First, and foremost, at least one out of every three bites of food we eat today is thanks to insect pollinators. Secondly, you have heard enough from the news that our pollinators are declining. However, when we talk about pollinators, the first thing that comes to mind is the honey bee. Although it is true honey bees are the most common pollinators, there are many other bees and insects pollinating flowering plants. Therefore, this article aims to show the diversity of insect pollinators.
What insects serve as pollinators? Many important insect pollinators are in the flowing orders: Hymenoptera (bees and wasps), Diptera (flies), Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), and Coleoptera (Beetles).
1. Managed bees such as honey bees (Figure 1) and bumble bees (Figure 2) are the most common insect pollinators.
|Fig. 1. A honey bee, foraging on goldenrod flowers.|