Pollinator Week: Plant Facts
Did you know that different flowers attract different pollinators?
Moths are often attracted to sweet smelling white or yellow flowers. Whereas butterflys are attracted to vibrant red, orange, or yellow flowers. Bees also appreciate vibrant colours but cannot recognize the colour red and as a result they are mainly attracted to blue or purple flowers.
Contrary to the nice-looking and sweet smelling theme of attraction in pollinators, flies and beetles are attracted to smells of carrion (aka rotting flesh). Several plants have adapted to this preference and have a stinky smell to show for it but the majority of flowers remain pleasant to all of our senses.