Quick Pollinator Plant Identification Guide

NATIONAL BUTTERFLY CENTER
Plants Visited by Wild Bees

Alamo vine (Merremia dissecta)

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Barbados cherry (Malpighia emarginata)

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Berlandier's fiddlewood (Citharexylum berlandieri)

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Berlandier's fiddlewood berries

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Blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella)

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Bristly Nama / Sandbells (Nama hispidum)

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Common sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

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Common sunflower leaves

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Cowpen daisy (Verbesina encelioides)

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Crucita (Chromolaena odorata)

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Gulf fritillary drinking nectar from crucita

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Downy groundcherry (Physalis pubescens)

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Erect spiderling (Boerhavia erecta)

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Erect spiderling, with green metallic bee

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Esperanza (Tecoma sans)

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Melitoma marginella chimney bee inside an esperanza blossom

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Firebush (Hamelia patens)

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Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii)

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Frog fruit (Phyla nodiflora)

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A typical patch of frog fruit blossoms

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Guayacan (Guaiacum angustifolium)

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Hierba del marrano (Symphyotrichum sp.)

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Honey mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa)

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Huisache (Acacia farnesiana)

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Low croton (Croton humilis)

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Manzanita / Bigberry manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)

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Mexican alder (Turnera Ulmifolia)

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Mexican hat (Rabtibida columnifera)

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Mexican shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeeana)

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Moradilla / Beaked vervain (Grandularia quadrangulata)

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Pigeonberry (Duranta erecta)

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California digger bee drinking nectar from pigeonberry blossoms

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Prickly poppy / Golden prickly poppy (Argemone aenea)

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Prickly poppy / Red prickly poppy (Argemone sanguinea)

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Purple groundcherry (Quincula lobata)

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Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata)

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Rio Grande abutilon (Abutilon hypoleucum)

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Shrubby blue salvia (Salvia ballotiflora)

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Silver-leaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)

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Silver-leaf nightshade pollinated by green metallic bee

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