What is a Pollinator Plot?

A pollinator plot is planted predominately with flowers that provide nectar or pollen for a range of pollinating animals. Most flowering plants rely on pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds and bats to help spread pollen. When pollinators eat flower nectar, pollen sticks to their bodies and is spread from flower to flower. This is called cross-pollination.

Some types of pollen are spread by wind or water and don’t need pollinators. Some plants use their own pollen for fertilization, which is called self-pollination. Pollinator plots, and the insects and animals they support, help sustain valuable, healthy ecosystems. Shown is Farm Bureau’s Pollinator Plot.