When bees gather nectar and honey, they also
pollinate flowers. Bees pollinate the plants
that produce many of our favorite foods,
including apples, blueberries, and almonds. Bees
also pollinate the alfalfa that feeds cattle, and
the cotton plants that make our clothes. Bees
will sting to protect their nest, but only if they
are threatened. Watch them from a safe distance!

Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects
around – some can fly at speeds of almost 30
miles an hour. Dragonflies eat many kinds of
insects, including mosquitoes. Young dragonflies
(nymphs) live in water and eat mosquito larvae, and
adult dragonflies catch mosquitoes in the air.

Ladybugs are actually beetles. Both males and
females are red with black spots. Gardeners
and farmers love ladybugs because the
ladybugs eat aphids. Without ladybugs, aphids
might destroy the gardener’s plants.