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June 20, 2023
Celebrate the Work of Virginia Pollinators During National Pollinator Week
Contact: Shelby Crouch
Pollinator species such as honeybees, bumble bees, butterflies, and other insects are an essential component in the production of much of our food supply. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourages all Virginians to join in celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 19 – 25, by helping to attract, protect and increase the state’s pollinator species.
Pollination occurs when insects, animals, wind, or water transfer pollen from the anther of one plant or flower to the stigma of another in the process of fertilization. In most plants, pollination is necessary for the plant to produce seeds. Pollination that occurs from contact with insects and animals, results in a higher yield of fruit for some plants, such as strawberry, cucumber, apple, tomato, squash, or watermelon plants.
“Over the past few years, bee populations, as well as the populations of other pollinators such as birds, butterflies, bats and beetles, have declined dramatically,” said Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “I encourage every Virginian to take steps to help attract, protect and increase the state’s pollinator species.”
The following are a few suggestions to help attract, protect and increase the populations of pollinators in Virginia:
For additional information, contact the Virginia State Apiarist at 804.786.3515 or at email@example.com.
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