Insects and pollen and nectar go hand in hand.Plants use insects to pollinate themselves as well as other means, many plants only use insects or use wind dispersal of pollen.Most flowering plants use insects of some sort to take pollen from one male plant or part of, to a female flower at another; this is how plants pro-create. If flowers are not pollinated then the plants will not usually bear fruit. All the fruit and veg we eat and other animals eat are from plants that have flowers that need to be pollinated.the main insects which do that are most types of insects and not just bees, but ants,butterflies,moths,beetles,bugs,spiders, in fact any invertebrate that visits flowers will pay a part in pollination.that is why insects are so important to us as humans and all other life on earth.Unfortunately the majority of humans do not understand this crucial part of nature.Many insects throughout the world are dying off in their trillions because of the use of pesticides and herbicides used on commercial plants for all manner of production; this has a devastating effect onus,wildlife and the environment.The knock-on effects of this are very serious and de-pleats bio-diversity.Here in Britain we have lost possibly half of all our pollinating insects as well as the plants they depend on. This must not be able to continue if we want a bio-diverse earth and if we as humans want to be healthy. One of the major problems in Britain is the silly damaging habits of the many.The cutting of grass along roadside verges is pointless, costly ,polluting,ugly and is wrong. we are obliged to create wildlife habitats not destroy them.It is bad enough most people destroying what they call weeds ! and mowing grass into lawns. There seems to be no place for wildlife in most gardens.The equation is simple. No wildlife means no humans ! Why do people not get it? Below are a few photos of pollinating insects in beautiful flowers.
The Himalayan balsam is a very attractive but invasive plant;but like all of the so called alien plants we now have here in Britain, they all do a good job with insects and pollination. A plant bug hides inside the large colourful flower.
A small be leaves a flower of the clustered bellflower now flowering in Purbeck. this tear there are more plants than i have ever seen.
Ants are very important pollinators and fennel is attractive to all manner of Hymenoptera.
A capsid bug takes pollen from a trefoil flower
Here is an unusual morph of afemale common blue butterfly nectering on hawkweed flowers
A wild honey bee has more than it bargained for as its face is totally covered in pollen from the common mallow flower.
A pair of meadow brown butterflies copulating. I like the subtle sexual dimorphism