Besides Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Bees other pollinators include Bats, Flies, Hummingbird Moths and Beetles. Bats are attracted to dull white, green and purple flowers that emit strong, musty odors at night. Flies are attracted to white and cream and green flowers that have putrid odors like Pineapple Lilies, Daisies and Alliums.  The Hummingbird Moth is active during the day unlike most moths and is attracted to red, purple, pink and white flowers that emit a strong, sweet odor at night like Bee Balm or Nicotiana.  Beetles are attracted to white or green flowers with strong fruity odors or foul smelling ones like the American Black Elderberry.  Here are a few more pictures to encourage you to plant all season long to attract pollinators to your garden. Plant different varieties as all of these pollinators have tongue lengths that vary. Some like long tubular flowers and some like short tubular flowers. Pollinators are best adapted to local, native plants which often require less water.  Ask your local nursery for suggestions. Happy planting!  Start perusing those catalogs.

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Coneflowers, Daisies and Bee Balm

Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’ (L)  Echinacea, Leucanthemum ‘Becky’ Daisy, Bee Balm and Queen’s Anne Lace (R)

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