Take your preferred pollinator out to enjoy their favorite flower – it’s National Pollinator Week!

In 2006, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to designate the last week in June as “National Pollinator Week.”

Why do pollinators matter? Pollinators — butterflies, bees, birds, flies, and lots of other insects — are crucial to food production. This is true whether you are a back yard gardener or commercial farmer. In the US, pollination by honey bees, native bees, and other insects results in $40 billion worth of products each year.

Want to know more?

  • Watch this Mission: Pollinator video from the Bug Girls
  • Find useful resources here including activities, research, and more
  • Then test your knowledge with this Pick the Pollinator interactive quiz
  • And if you’re a VA resident, you can sign up for a pollinator license plate here.