Little Seeds Pollinator Pals
Topic: pollinators
Grade Level: Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8
Location(s): Indoor
Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
A young child in a hot pink shirt looks down at their belly, where a butterfly has landed
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Meet a pollinator! Thanks to a partnership with Little Seeds, we are excited to learn more about a new pollinator friend each month. Pollinators are animals that help many flowering plants produce their seeds and thus ensure the continued existence of millions of plant species, and in turn, of most animal species, including humans.

Who are the pollinators we'll meet this year? Bees, hummingbirds, moths, bats, butterflies, flies, beetles, and more!

Learn more about the 2021 Little Seeds Pollinator Pals Grant.

Mason Bee

Mason bees resemble house flies! Only females have stingers but they are not aggressive and rarely sting.

A mason bee, which is gold, green, and black, on a blue flower with a blue background.

Fun facts about mason bees!

  • A single mason bee can pollinate 2,000 flowers per day!
  • Every mason bee female lays eggs and raises offspring by herself without the help of an organized colony.
  • Mason bees emerge in early spring, making them excellent pollinators of early-blooming fruit trees.

A preview of the mason bee pollinator profile which has colorful pictures and green highlights.

Download the Mason Bee Pollinator Pal fact sheet and coloring page.


Sphinx Moth

Their wingspan can range between 1.25'' and 6'' and their wings come in a wide variety of shapes and colors.

A big pink and brown moth feeding on a red flower.

Fun facts about sphinx moths!

  • They are also called hawk or hummingbird moths, and the caterpillars are known as hornworms.
  • They are some of the fastest flying insects in the world.
  • There are over 1,200 species of Sphinx moth!

A preview image of the Sphinx Moth pollinator pal download.

Download the FREE printable of the Sphinx Moth Pollinator Pal fact sheet, complete with a coloring page of their life cycle!


Yucca Moth

A white moth with a fuzzy head on a green plant

As an adult, the yucca moth is around half an inch long with females being slightly larger than males.

Fun facts about yucca moths!

  • Yucca is the only plant that the yucca moths feed on.
  • Adult males never eat because they only live long enough to mate.
  • Many different species of yucca, such as the Joshua Tree, have exclusively interdependent relationships with a particular species of yucca moth.

A preview of the Yucca Moth download, which shows light blue graphics on a white page.

Download the Yucca moth Pollinator Pal fact sheet, complete with a coloring page their life cycle!


 

Flying fox bat

A flying fox bat, which is reddish brown with brown furless wings. It is sitting in a tree.

Flying foxes are the largest of all bats. Their wingspans can measure up to 5' or more, and they can weigh up to 3.5 lbs.

Fun facts about flying fox bats!

  • There are more than 60 species of flying foxes.
  • Colonies can have up to 200,000 bats.
  • They are nocturnal, so they sleep during the day and search for food at night.

Flying Fox Bat PDF preview, which has purple highlights and colorful photos.

Download the Flying Fox Bat fact sheet, complete with a coloring page about what they pollinate!


 

Honeybee

Three honeybees on a sunflower

Honeybees are predominately dark brown with a golden fuzz that covers their body. Their heads have 2 antennae and 5 eyes

Fun facts about honeybees!

  • Only females have stingers.
  • Honeybees pollinate around 80% of agricultural crops grown in the U.S.
  • Honeybees see on the ultraviolet spectrum. Flowers that appear red to humans look black to honeybees!

A preview of the honeybee fact sheet, which has yellow highlights and colorful images.

Download the Pollinator Pal - Honeybee fact sheet, complete with a coloring page about ultraviolet light!


 

Ruby-throated hummingbird

A ruby-throated hummingbird lands on a bright red zinnia.

Ruby-throats can grow up to 3.5'' long and weigh an average of 4 grams (less than a nickel!).

Fun facts about ruby-throated hummingbirds!

  • Their heart can beat up to 1,200 times per minute and they can take about 250 breaths per minute.
  • Ruby-throats consume up to twice their weight in food (nectar, insects, and tree sap) every day.
  • Their nests are the size of a thimble and take 6-10 days to build.

A small image of the 2-page Ruby-throated hummingbird fact sheet and coloring page. Specific words aren't legible, but pink boxes of text and a map of part of North America and a drawing of a hummingbird are visible.

Download the Pollinator Pals Ruby-throated hummingbird fact sheet, complete with a coloring page of their migration pattern!


 

Hoverfly

A hoverfly, a black and yellow striped winged insect, is on the yellow center of a flower with white petals

Ranging in size from 1/4 to 1/2" long, hoverflies have two wings, large eyes, and stubby antennae. Although they don't have stingers, they mimic the color patterns of bees and wasps to scare off predators.

Fun facts about hoverflies!

  • There are 6,000 species of hoverflies found across the world.
  • They are the second most important pollinator after wild bees.
  • Hoverflies are one of the best examples of Batesian mimicry when one species copies the appearance and behavior of another to protect themselves.

A side-by-side image of the two-page Hoverfly fact sheet

Download the Pollinator Pal Hoverfly Fact Sheet, complete with a coloring page of a hoverfly with their favorite flowers!


 

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterfly on pink milkweed flower

Monarch butterflies have two pairs of bright orange wings with a black border and white spots on the edges. They are about 4 inches wide and weigh less than half a gram.

Fun facts about monarch butterflies!

  • Some monarchs travel up to 100 miles a day during their 3,000 mile migration across North America.
  • Adult butterflies love native plants and are attracted to red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple flowers.
  • Monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweed plants because their leaves are the caterpillar's only food source.

Download the Pollinator Pal Monarch Butterfly fact sheet, complete with a coloring page of monarch life cycles!

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