Ag by the Numbers – Bees & Butterflies

July 14, 2021

Pollinators, like bees and butterflies, help flowers pollinate and ensure that we have food to eat.

In the U.S., more than 150 crop plants require pollinators.

It is estimated that 1 of every 3 bites of food that we eat is related to actions of pollinators. That action is transferring pollen to fertilize plants.

Without pollinators, many plants like fruits and vegetables could not reproduce – 90% of apples, blueberries and cherries are pollinated by bees.

Staple food grains like corn, soybeans and wheat do not need pollinators because they are self-pollinated or wind-polllinated.

Bees and butterflies contribute to a healthy environment and healthy ecosystems.

Source: Illinois Department of Natural Resources