Skin care from diverse flowering crops
Bees, Flies, moths, bats , wasps and some flower beetles.
As bees visit plants seeking food, pollen catches on their bodies and passes between plants, fertilising them. Bees are the most effective pollinators since they visit many more flowers and carry more pollen between them.
Butterflies land on flowers to drink the pollen, which then attaches to the butterfly, and is carried along as it moves from one flower to another.
Wasps are known for their love of sweet drinks, and are finally being recognised as vital pollinators. Their incredible drive and thirst for pollen drives them from flower to flower, transferring pollen as they go. Wasps also regulate other crop pests such as caterpillars or whitefly. If you see them, be gentle, as they have a very important role.
At night pale nocturnal flowers are pollinated by nectar feeding bats that have evolved to reach the nectar at the bottom of the bell shaped flower. Some crops are cloned, instead of allowing the development of flowers, and bats suffer, and the plants are no longer diverse enough which can mean the loss of entire crops, along with the loss of bats.
Flies such as hoverflies and blowflies.are the second most important pollinating insects after bees.. They play a vital role in pollination, and may do so more in the future, as we learn how to encourage them. It’s been found that flies often visit flowers after bees, and have been seen to visit 72 percent of 105 of the main crops.
Beetles were the original pollinators before bees evolved, have been going for 150 million years, and remarkably are the ones that pollinate 240,000 of the world's flowering plants. They also make up 40% of the world's insects. They are called dirty pollinators though, as they eat the flowers and stamp around on them.