Misquitoes Are Pollinators
Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension. I’ve often wondered if mosquitoes did any good in the natural world other than serving as a food source for purple martins and bats. Well, those awful blood sucking pests which are classified as flies in the insect world are in fact pollinators. Male mosquitoes of course do not bite mammals and females need blood only for egg production. They both gather nectar for food and that feeding activity makes them important pollinators for certain orchids that live in the northern United States, Canada and Alaska. adult mosquitoes who crawl into their flowers in order to get nectar, get pollen gets stuck on their heads and then transfer it to the next flower In the specialized tundra bogs where these plants grow mosquitoes are the most important pollinators. In our part of the world mosquitoes collect nectar from goldenrod and milkweed.