pollinator

noun
pol·li·na·tor | \ˈpä-lə-ˌnā-tər \

Definition of pollinator 

: one that pollinates: such as

a : an agent (such as an insect) that pollinates flowers

b : pollenizer sense 1

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For more than a decade, bees and other pollinators in America have been dwindling in numbers because of a variety of problems, including poor nutrition, pesticides, parasites and disease. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America’s bee hot spot," 2 July 2018 Bees and other pollinators have been on the decline for more than a decade, and experts blame a combination of factors: insecticides called neonicotinoids or neonics, parasites, disease, climate change and lack of a diverse food supply. Washington Post, "Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral," 20 May 2018 Bees and other pollinators have been on the decline for more than a decade, and experts blame a combination of factors: insecticides called neonicotinoids or neonics, parasites, disease, climate change and lack of a diverse food supply. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral," 20 May 2018 To attract bees and other pollinators, Saska recommends choosing flowers with a composite shape, like zinnias, cosmos, daisies, sunflowers, and purple coneflower. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Always Plant Flowers In Your Vegetable Patch," 17 Feb. 2017 The iconic orange and black insect is one of nature’s key pollinators. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida community works to bring back monarch butterflies," 30 Apr. 2018 Goldenrods are one of the most important sources of food for migrating butterflies and other pollinators active in early to late fall. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "8 Weeds You Should Actually Let Grow In Your Yard," 28 July 2016 Areas that are now bare earth will first be planted with grass to prevent erosion, Collibee said, but are eventually to be turned into wildflower meadows to provide nutrients for key pollinators like butterflies and wild bees. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "'Unfortunately, Mother Nature Took It Away.' Sleeping Giant State Park Remains Unrecognizable As Storm Cleanup Continues," 11 July 2018 Learn about native bees, improving garden habitats for pollinators, and how to monitor and photograph them. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Spring 2018 edition)," 9 Apr. 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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