The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
When does pollination happen?
Successful pollination requires year-around efforts. Plants have evolved with different flowering times that decrease competition among pollinators. Continuous blooms throughout the growing season provides pollinators with a constant food supply.
Spring: Pollinators need early blooming plants to provide food after hibernation or northern migrations. Bulbs, spring ephemerals and spring blooming fruit trees are visited during this time.
Summer: Our gardens achieve their peak bloom when many pollinators reach peak populations. The long days of summer allow pollinators the maximum time to forage for nectar.
Fall: Late blooming plants provide many pollinators with needed fuel before hibernation or for the southern migrations of pollinators like monarchs and hummingbirds.
Winter: Even when there appears to be no activity, pollinators are in the garden. Leave decaying plants alone--they may be sheltering pollinating insects as they overwinter.
Do you know some butterflies travel thousands of miles?
At the beginning of each spring, monarch butterflies migrate north from Mexico, following the growth of milkweed. They travel up to 30 miles a day, returning to Mexico in the fall.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Where do pollinators live? (here, next to this marker); How can you help pollinators? (a few steps from this marker); Why is pollination important? (a few steps from this marker); What is this? (a few steps from this marker); Pollinator Profile: Hummingbirds (within shouting distance of this marker); Triceratops horridus (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Elm that Grew Along with America (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Petrified Wood (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.