Many times, finding an insect in your house is typically followed by a shriek, and mild pandemonium until the insurgent has been retracted. But in our greenhouses, we’re actually quite delighted to see our little insect friends! See, they play an important role in making sure our plants thrive and produce tasty fruit. They also protect our crops from other harmful insects, which is what we use instead of pesticides. Check out some fun facts about our two all-stars, the bumblebee and ladybug - you’ll never look at them the same again!
Bumblebees live in the greenhouse to pollinate plants – an essential step in the production of seeds.
Why bumblebees? They visit twice as many flowers as honeybees, and carry heavier loads, too.
About 75 worker bees live in each hive.
A single bee can visit up to 5,000 plants in one day!
During very hot days, bees will stay in the hive and use their wings as fans to cool it down.
Don’t be fooled by the name! Ladybugs are surprisingly vicious in the insect world and are used as natural pest control in our greenhouses, most often eliminating the need for pesticides.
Ladybugs can eat up to 60 aphids (bad bugs) a day, and as many as 5,000 in their lifetime!
Ladybugs’ bright colors are a warning to predators that they are toxic.
There are about 5,000 different species of ladybugs in the world.
Have these bugs piqued your interest about our other greenhouse growing practices? Learn more about how we grow the best fresh fruits and vegetables in the game here.