This pollen-covered bee was joined by a variety of bees, butterflies and damselflies that were diving into Florida wildflowers on this day in late December. They looked like children in a playground enjoying a sunny day as they buzzed from flower to flower drinking nectar and collecting pollen. The most visited plants were the Shepherd’s Needle wildflowers that look like daisies with white petals. It is interesting to note that many people consider this plant to be a weed but this native flower is a favorite in the world of insects that are beneficial to our community.
There are many native wildflowers to choose from if you would like to attract pollinators that will help to keep your garden healthy and beautiful. To learn more, visit the Florida Native Plant Society at www.fnps.org