Not only do pollinators come in a variety of forms, but they also have a variety of functions as well. The special relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed is well known, but did you know there are actually many similar relationships between pollinators and flowering plants? In fact, usually everything about a flower, from it's size and shape, to when it blooms, and what color it is, often evolved side by side with a specific type or species of pollinator.
Native bees, like bumble bees, do many special jobs including floral sonication or "buzz pollination" which is where a flower requires a bee to vibrate in a certain way before the flower will release its pollen. Honeybees do not do buzz pollination so they can not pollinate many plants such as blueberries and tomatoes. That's why its important to support all sorts of pollinators!
Bucks County's climate is driven by it being in the Piedmont Region. Piedmont coming from the Latin "pedemontium", meaning "at the foot of the mountains." This plateau region has a Temperate Continental Climate with Appalachian Oak as the dominant tree species and is part of the greater Eastern Hardwood Forest Ecosystem. A single Oak tree can support over 500 species of caterpillars and almost 150 species of birds.
Bucks County, like much of the United States, has seen significant reductions in tree canopy over the last hundred years. These slow growing hardwoods are hard to replace but as the Chinese proverb goes "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now." Restoring native biodiversity does not only improve pollinator diversity and health, it also improves overall ecosystem function. These ecosystem functions that include carbon storage, water retention, and shading, improve the resiliency of the land to combat pollution, to prevent and withstand flooding events, and to reduce the effects of heat islands.
Demanding development that incorporates native trees and plants will not only help wildlife and pollinators, but it improves our mental health too.