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The Amazing Pollinators - A Gallery of Pollinating Insects

Updated on December 22, 2011
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Pollinators world over, help to keep it alive and flourishing. Our lives would look nothing like they do, without pollinators. Nature, and flowers and butterflies in particular have always been fascinating to me. A love for gardening grew over time, as I grew up. Learning all the finer details of the process of pollination, made all pollinators something that interested me.

Over the last several years, I have tried to capture a lot of flowers and bees, butterflies and moths, etc. This hub is a celebration of many that I have captured, a simple photo gallery. I will not be going into pollination so much, as just sharing my pictures here with you all. Questions are welcomed.

You will see flowers ranging from marigolds, zinnias, and cosmos, to roses and other wildflowers. They are completely dependent on their pollinators that you see here and more. These include moths, butterflies, bees and ladybugs, etc.

Looking back at images like these are a relaxing thing for me to do. I hope you enjoy my gallery of pollinators and some of the flowers they frequent.

Photo 1 and 2 have a little honey bee visiting each flower. I love the color of flower in photo 1, and the second flower is just a plain little pink rose with a bee. I believe it is one of the knockout roses that have become so popular among people in the Midwest.

Photos 3 and 9 show moths visiting different zinnia flowers. For me, zinnias are a favorite in my garden whenever I can grow them. I love to grow them from seed mainly. Perfect for the butterfly garden.

In photo 4, we see another bee on a unique flower, that I cannot recall the name of at the moment. It is a very unique flower, with beautiful colored foliage. The shape and bud and everything about this flower really stood out to me.

Photo 5 shows another type of bee in a purple thistle. To many, these are just weeds, but I really have grown to love these flowers! My younger son and I try to get my husband to let us keep at least one thistle growing in the garden. We now have a variety that grows huge, and we get the biggest kick out of it. We call it the rumor weed, like the weed in veggie tales, but for different reasons. Its just large, and fun to grow. A pretty flower, I think.

Photo 6 shows a larger bumble bee on an orange marigold flower.

Photo 7 shows a smaller bee on a purple colored cosmos flower.

Photo 8 - This pollinator is a completely new one to me! I love it, since I love butterflies and moths so much, but to be completely honest, the name escapes me. As I find this out, I will amend the hub to reflect that. Still, this photo is one I like as the black and white against the bright yellow flowers really caught my eye. This one was taken in Wyoming, in Yellowstone this last Summer.

Photo 10 - A little ladybug, enjoying a sunny day on a yellow flower as well. In fairness, he or she may be eating little tiny bugs, but I couldn't tell with the equipment I had on hand.

Photo 11 - A different kind of cosmos flower, with a friendly bee. He kept to himself, as I didn't bother him other than to take this photo.

** It is a joy to see and capture with the camera, these different little creatures found in nature. I will continue to be on the lookout for more in the future.


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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Poetryman, thank you for your comment. I agree that any excuse to show off some pretty flowers is a good one! I am loving to learn more about pollinators of all kinds as of late. As you can probably tell by now, I love flowers!

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      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      A lovely take on the ecosystem. Any excuse to show pictures of pretty flowers is a good one!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you so much, PhoenixV! :)

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      PhoenixV 

      6 years ago from USA

      Amazing photos!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Alocsin, thank you! I think you are right, we often forget there are more than bees, as they do much of the pollination. Its good to know there are others too. They help to make the world go round, well not literally but almost!

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Lovely pictures. I think we often forget it's not just bees that pollinate plants. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you very much, Vasantha! I really appreciate that. :)

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      vasantha T k 

      6 years ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful pictures.voted up.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Deborah, I agree with you on the importance of bees...I don't think people often ponder what life would be without these little busy bees! Thank you for the visit, vote and comment, I really appreciate it. :)

      Mary, I love ladybugs, and that is one reason I do. The ladybugs can be so helpful in taking care of tiny aphids which can suck the life out of certain flowers. So glad you stopped by and left a comment. Always appreciated. :)

      Sannel, thank you so much for your kind words! Its nice for me to get that glimpse of Summer at least in photos, during the Winter sometimes! So glad you visited, voted and left a comment. :)

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      SanneL 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Another delightful photo hub from you!

      You do have a flair of capturing the beauty and the vivid colors our nature has to offer. Looking at these amazing photos has me longing for summer.

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us!

      Voted up!

      Best Wishes,

      Sannel

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi oceans, I don't think people really understand the role that these busy little bees and bugs have. I had aphrids on my Hibiscus once. A neighbor told me to buy some lady bugs. I ordered some, set them free on the plants and within 4 hours, I had no more aphrids! Amazing to watch, too. I voted this UP, etc.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      These flowers and bees are so beautiful...and the pollinators yes please keep them alive.. the flowers need them and the bees need them.

      Great Hub..

      I voted up

      Debbie

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