June is the month of the Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus and Milkweed, Asclepias spp. Our pollinator blog posts seek to highlight the amazing qualities – “super powers”- of the tiny creatures that support life on Earth.  The Monarch butterfly’s super power is its amazing 2,500+ mile...

March, the month of the pollinator that doesn’t fly!

Ants, (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)  a quiet pollinator with many roles. Pollination by an ant is called myrmecophily, while seed dispersal by ants is called myrmecochory.  Is the ant’s journey one of an unaware “pollinator” who gathers and deposits pollen as she wanders...

February is the month of The Evening Primrose and the Primrose Moth

This month’s pollinator is the Primrose Moth, Schinia florida. This is a moth that would not induce screams or cries for help if it were to fly into the house; it would be welcomed because of its beautiful, unique pink, yellow, and white coloring; it would match...

January: Hoverflies and Yarrow

Hoverflies (also called flowerflies or syrphidflies) The cover photo is of a Toxomerus marginatus, or Margined Calligrapher taken by Elkins Park resident and FHSP Board member, Bennett Povlow.  It is a common species throughout North America. Fun facts:  Hoverflies...