Speaker: Will Stuart
North Carolina is home to thousands of species of flowering plants, many of them native and a surprising number endemic to the southeastern region. Our flora is a rich and wonderful legacy. We know that plants unable to produce offspring will not persist over time. While a few of our native species self-pollinate, most depend on a butterfly, bee, fly, or moth to carry grains of pollen to another blossom, producing fruit and seeds. Native bees raise their young on stores of nectar and pollen they gather from flowering plants. That's why those bees are so busy! All our native birds depend upon pollinators as food to raise their young.
Join Will Stuart on a photo-filled tour of our native flora and the butterflies, bees, flower flies, and other pollinators that frequent our gardens and natural landscapes.