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July : The Fiery Skipper Moth

July : The Fiery Skipper Moth

To celebrate National Moth-Week, July 21-26th, we bring you July’s pollinator: the Fiery Skipper moth (Hylephila phyleus).This is a common species belonging to the skipper family (Hesperiidae) found across much of North and South America. Known for its rapid, darting...

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June is the month of the Monarch Butterfly

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...

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

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...

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January: Hoverflies and Yarrow

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...

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December: The Red Admiral Butterfly

December: The Red Admiral Butterfly

THE YEAR OF THE POLLINATOR: THE MONTH OF DECEMBER  December features the Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) and its favorite flower Echinacea (echinacea purpurea) Birds and insects are pollinators; more than 80 percent of land plants are pollinated by animals...

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November : “Bumble Bees & Goldenrod”

November : “Bumble Bees & Goldenrod”

This month we highlight our native bumble bees and goldenrod.  Goldenrod is just one of the native flowers that bumble bees visit.  Since it is a late summer blooming plant, it allows these pollinators to forage well into autumn when other flowers have stopped...

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October & Honey Bees

October & Honey Bees

October- European Honey Bees, Apis mellifera (also called western honey bee) Fun facts:  To make a pound of honey, a bee colony needs to visit 2 million flowers. Honey bees live in their hives throughout the winter, vibrating to stay warm. Female honey bees, called...

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The Year of the Pollinator – “September”

The Year of the Pollinator – “September”

September- Pollination 101 Friends of High School Park is kicking off a year of programming and celebration of our native pollinators.  Beginning in October, we will offer educational workshops, photos, fun facts, links to additional sites and conservation tips...

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