Hummingbird Pollination: Not Just for the Birds

Hummingbirds are often admired for their beauty and acrobatic grace, but they are also key pollinators, especially in climates that are inhospitable to pollinating insects.

Male ruby-throated hummingbird
For plants in cooler highlands, hummingbird pollination is much more reliable than insect pollination, as hummingbirds remain active in all kinds of weather.
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