03 July 2013
Three quarters of all flowering plants depend on the 200,000 species of animals to act as pollinators. About 1,000 of these are hummingbirds, bats, and other small animals. The rest are insects; beetles, bees, ants, wasps, butterflies, and moths. Bees intentionally collect pollen while most others carry the pollen about while they are feeding on the flower nectar. Over 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need animal pollinators including blueberries, strawberries, apples, melons, squash and tomatoes.