Pollinators of Monticello

Monticello’s flower, vegetable and fruit gardens delight and educate our visitors, staff and volunteers, while simultaneously providing essential nectar, pollen and habitat to bees, butterflies, moths, wasps and many other pollinators that call our little mountain home.

During lunch breaks, shift changes and outdoor tours you’ll often find Monticello staff and volunteers from a range of departments exploring the gardens – with phones or cameras at the ready to capture an intriguing pollinator spotted on a welcoming plant. This slideshow features a sampling of the many images recorded and shared by our fervent nature-loving Guides and other employees and volunteers.

Enjoy the show – and be sure to look below for a beautiful mini video clip!

Your own home garden can provide much-needed food and habitat for a huge variety of pollinators. Looking for some seeds to get you started? Try our Birds, Bees and Butterflies Seed Collection!

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth on Old Cellar Hole Phlox (P. paniculata cv.), by Peggy Cornett (Curator of Plants). Sometimes mistaken for a true hummingbird, this delightful, long-tongued moth resembles the bird in its appearance, movements, audible humming sounds, and preference for long-necked flowers. It is especially drawn to Phlox (Phlox sp.), Bee Balms (Monarda sp.) and Honeysuckles (Lonicera sp.).