Pollinator Scavenger Hunt

Join the Parker County Master Gardeners as we learn about the importance of conserving our native pollinators. Did you know that 75% of our crops depend on pollinating insects in order to produce our food? Did you know that 75% of our blooming plants require a pollinator to produce seeds for the next generation? Pollinating insects are absolutely vital in Parker County. SPECIAL EVENTS on May 6, 2017 at the Weatherford Library, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., AND Pollinators in the Garden at Chandor Gardens (711 W. Lee Ave., Weatherford, 76086), 9:00 a.m. to noon. On May 12, 2017 is Native Pollinator Habitats at Clark Gardens (567 Maddux Rd., Weatherford, TX 76088), 11:00 a.m. to noon.

The honeybee may be declining, but there are literally thousands of species of native insects that pollinate plants in our county. Take a quick test and see if you recognize any pollinators in this grouping of insects?

  • Bees
  • Wasps
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Flies
  • Ants
  • Beetles

If you answered yes to each of the insects above, then you’re exactly right. An insect doesn’t have to collect pollen in order to pollinate. It simply has to have a reason to go to the center of a flower. Our most effective pollinators are actively collecting pollen and nectar to feed themselves and their offspring, but there are hundreds of pollinating insects that are simply touching the flower as they go about their business. The Pollinator Scavenger Hunt is a great way to learn about native pollinators, and a fun way to pass that information along to next generation. So pull out your phone or your camera, find a group of children, and have a scavenger hunt! Everything you need is right here in this brochure. The Pollinator Scavenger Hunt focuses on butterflies because they are safe and friendly for even the most curious children.

Butterflies can be found in butterfly gardens on any warm day. We recommend the following locations: Get Map here.

  • Aledo/Annetta Community Projects
  • Azle Central Park Demonstration Gardens
  • Clark Gardens
  • Chandor Gardens
  • Extension Demonstration Gardens
  • National Vietnam War Museum Gardens
  • Weatherford Public Library Literary Gardens
  • Willow Park Gardens

Each of these Gardens is filled with plants that thrive in our environment, including plants that specifically support our native pollinators. Most of these Gardens are Master Gardener Projects, and most are Certified Monarch Waystations. Please be careful of our public garden areas by staying on the paths as you search for insects. Download our color brochure to help identify the local pollinators here.

Rules (there are none but these are suggestions)

Pre-School Children

Young children can easily identify a butterfly based on size and color. For example, a monarch is a large, orange butterfly; and a cloudless sulfur is a small yellow one. If they can identify a size and color, then they win. If you can snap a picture for them to look at more closely, that just adds to the fun and may allow them to match it to a picture.

Young School-Age Children

Young school-age children will be able to identify colors and designs on the larger butterflies so that they recognize the monarch or the swallowtails by name. If they are very still, they will be able to identify the smaller ones as they sit on flowers to eat. But the easiest by far is to snap a picture so they can compare the photo to the pictures. If they can put a name to three butterflies, they win.

Older School-Age Children

Older school-age children will be able to compare the butterflies they see to the pictures in the brochure and identify butterflies by name. They can also learn at least one fact about those butterflies, such as the months they are active in our county or the host plant where they lay eggs. If they can name four butterflies and remember one fact about each of them, they win.

Teens

For teenagers, there is no limit. Go ahead and surprise us! How many butterflies can you find? How many can you name? What can you tell us about them? Let this be a launch pad for your curiosity!

For Kids of All Ages

Thanks for participating in our learning adventure. We hope you have fun and learn something new. We also hope you’ll invite your friends to come out and play with the pollinators!

  • Cucumber Transplant Issues

    I transplanted some healthy cucumber transplants. In a few days, the middle of the stems dried up no bigger than a string. Above and below the shrunken stem the plant looked healthy with diameter of the stems the size of a pencil. After a few days, tops of the plants suffered and died because no nourishment could get to the top. I raised the transplants from seeds in my greenhouse and they were healthy when I set them out with the onset of the problem appearing after five to eight days. What was the problem?

  • When Can Red Yucca Be Transplanted?

    Red Yucca Hesperaloe parvifolia are truly not a Yucca at all. This plant is a succulent in the Agave family. The answer to your question: just about any time you are ready to tackle the job.


    Succulents are a family of plants that can be transplanted anytime during the year. Ideally, the plant prefers to be transplanted in Spring or early Summer, when it is in a growth stage. If you have missed that window of time, and need to move or separate the Red Yucca, go ahead. Dig out away from the plant 6-8 inches and fairly deep as the plant has a good root structure and tap root. Don’t worry about not getting all of the roots. Retrieving 25% of the roots will be a successful move. As with all succulents, place the Yucca in a well drained soil or container. After transplanting water well to set the plant. Then water, or not, as you have normally done.

    If the plant is large,  wrap the plant with a rope or bungee cords to pull the plant in tight and minimize damage to the plant you the mover.

    If the plant is large and needs to be separated, just take a sharp shovel and divide the plant into smaller ones. The separated plants can be easily potted up into containers pr planted. Always us containers that drains well.

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  • When is the Best Time to Transplant Nandinas?

    Container grown plants can be planted any time throughout the year. Fall and winter are great times to transplant shrubs and trees.