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Get ready to meet the buzzing superheroes of the flower world – Pī Pakihawa! These incredible pollinators play a starring role, not just in our vegetable gardens but also in the wildflower wonderland.

Now, what makes Pī Pakihawa so awesome? Well, they’re like the MacGyvers of the bee world. They’ve got these fuzzy bodies that act like little pollen magnets, helping them gather more pollen than their bee buddies. And when it comes to pollinating flowers, they’re the speed demons – they do it faster than any other insect!

But wait, there’s more! Some plants, like tomatoes and pumpkins, are a bit tricky. They need something called “buzz pollination” to get their pollen just right. Guess who’s the expert at buzz pollination? You got it – our Pī Pakihawa pals!

Now, here are some Pī Pakihawa fun facts:

  • They’re like rockstars for wildflowers – they help them bloom and thrive!
  • They’re all about leaving their mark – they scent-mark the flowers they visit, like little graffiti artists!
  • The best part? They don’t go kaput if they use their stingers – they’re real tough cookies!
  • Pī Pakihawa aren’t into home construction – they’re more like interior decorators. They find abandoned rodent holes and spruce them up with grass and leaves. They like to move house once a year.
  • Feeling hot? Pī Pakihawa can cool down or warm up by flexing their wing muscles. Talk about a natural thermostat!
  • Lastly, the queen bee in a Pī Pakihawa colony can rock the bee throne for up to a year, while the worker bees have a shorter gig, living for up to about six weeks.

Plants to attract Pī Pakihawa:

  • Lavender
  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cornflower
  • Borage
  • Delphiniums
  • Pumpkin
  • Coriander

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