Honeybees Bee Illustrated

Honeybees are common visitors to flowers. They live in large colonies in both domestic beehives and in the wild in hollow trunks. They collect nectar and pollen from flowers. A honeybee can tell her fellow bees where to find flowers through a special dance language. Many herbs, wildflowers and trees are pollinated by honeybees.

Sunbirds Sunbirds illustrated

Sunbirds are colourful pollinators of many plants with special flowers, aloes and Red-hot Poker Trees are pollinated by sunbirds. Flowers pollinated by sunbirds are often red or orange and have lots of sugary nectar. Giant lobelias that grow on the high mounts of East Africa are pollinated by sunbirds. Sunbirds also feed on insects that visit flowers. Male sunbirds are very colourful while the females are dull-coloured.

Figwasps Wasp illustrated

Figwasps are the tiny pollinators of the mighty Fig trees. Figwasps have a very special relationship with the Fig trees. Each king of Fig Tree has it’s own unique kind of Figwasp that pollinates it. The tree cannot survive without the figwasp, and the wasp cannot survive without the tree. The are wedded together forever. Only female figwasps pollinate and can fly between the trees. Males never leave the fig they are born in.

Butterflies and Moths Butterfly illustrated

Butterflies and moths are pollinators of certain kinds of flowers. Many red flowers with short tubes are pollinated by butterflies. White flowers with fragrance in the evening or at night are often pollinated by moths. Hawkmoths are an important group of pollinators. They pollinate many different kinds of African orchids. Papaya is also pollinated by hawkmoths.

Bat IllustratedBats and Bushbabies

Bats are mammals that pollinate plants in East Africa. The Baobab tree is pollinated by Fruit Bats and occasionally by Bushbabies. Sausage trees are pollinated by bats. Flowers that are pollinated by bats open in the evening and night and have a musky, fruity scent. Bats can travel great distances over a since night and pollinate many different trees.

Scorpion mother and her babies!

Dear All – greetings from the Turkana Basin Institute in Northern Kenya. This afternoon while I was working in my lab I heard a soft rustling noise coming from the waste-paper basket. At first I thought that yet another careless gecko had gotten itself trapped, but on closer inspection found a small scorpion hiding within. […]

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Papaya, Raspberries and Almonds

Pollinator Breakfast!

Did you know that pollinators are responsible for about ONE IN THREE bites of food that we consume. Some two-thirds of all flowering plants on the planet are dependent on pollinators, most of them are wild insects and many of those are bees. Here’s the contribution of pollinators to my breakfast yesterday: I had a […]

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How Pollinators Make Mangoes!

How Pollinators Make Mangoes!  Did you know that pollinators make mangoes? Mangoes are an important fruit crop in many different parts of East Africa. Mangoes are a delicious fruit that are healthy and nutritious and especially rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and rich in dietary fibre, which are all important for healthy growth and […]

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Fruit as a result of pollinators

Two-thirds of crop species in cultivation today rely on pollinators

A major issue for all of the world’s developing countries today, and especially in sub-Saharan Africa, is that of increased and sustainable food production. With the world’s population now at 7 billion (and growing), this is an issue of great concern and one that affects many aspects of conservation and the environment. Hunger, primarily due […]

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