Week 1: Insects, Pollinators, and Botany

Insects are the most diverse  group of living things in the world with around 1 million species. That makes up 75% of all known species! Though there are so many different kinds of insects, they do share some common characteristics that separate them from other animals.

Insects are also some of our most important pollinators. Pollinators are animals that help flowers reproduce by spreading pollen as they move from flower to flower while they feed. Pollinators are important to our ecosystems because they promote diversity in plant life, which provides food and shelter for a greater number of animals. They also help us grow important crops like apples and blueberries. Common pollinators are butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and bats!

Plant diversity ensures that there is plenty of food and shelter for all the animals in their environments, and we are constantly surrounded by many different species of plants and trees! How are they categorized? How are they identified? What adaptations make them unique?

In this week’s  Jr. Naturalist pages, you’ll take a closer look at the plants around you, specifically some of your largest neighbors: trees! There are two main groups of trees: deciduous and coniferous. Deciduous trees, such as oak and maple trees, usually have flat broad leaves that fall off during the autumn, and spread their seeds with flowers and nuts. Coniferous trees, such as spruces and firs, have needles which they keep year-round, and spread their seeds with cones.

Join us today in entering the wonderful world of insects, pollinators, and botany!

To help you get started:

Learn all about what makes an insect an insect with Michael!

Learn about the caddisfly lifecycle with Mike.

Get the low down on Adirondack Trees with Nicole.

For more content on pollinators be sure to check out Lunch Time Live at 12pm every day this week during Adirondack Action’s Pollinator Week !