Bees and Co.
Trees are fantastic bee pastures
Trees and shrubs are fantastic bee pastures
Many local and non-local trees can serve as a food source for insects.
Pollen-collecting insects, such as honey bees, wild bees, or butterflies, are very important for our ecosystem. They pollinate wild plants and crops and are absolutely indispensable for our environment. However, the living conditions for insects have deteriorated enormously. A large percentage of our wild bees, for example, are threatened with extinction. For this reason, insect-friendly plants are being planted more and more frequently - the so-called bee pastures.
A bee pasture is a plant that produces a lot of nectar and pollen. These plants are an ideal food source for bees and other pollinating insects such as the bumblebee or butterflies.
What can we do?
We can provide more habitats and food for the insects. Not only perennials and annuals count as bee pasture, but also trees and shrubs. Woody plants provide an abundance of nectar and pollen. Therefore, attention should definitely be paid to trees as insect pasture in the garden. Trees such as the field maple (Acer campestre), lime trees (Tilia), the chestnut (Castanea sativa), the apple tree (Malus in species and varieties) or the black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), are just a few examples of natural food sources for insects.