Many insects serve as pollinators of early-flowering trees in our Mid-south region. Butterflies and bees join hummingbirds to pollinate the red flame spikes of Red Buckeye ( Aesculus pavia #931**). More than eight species of bees are attracted to the nectar and pollen of the bright pink, pea-blossoms of Redbud ( Cercis canadensis #124). Paw-paw ( Asimina triloba # 035), with its 6-petaled purplish-brown flowers smelling of rancid meat, is irresistible to flies and beetles who crawl into the downward-facing flowers. Their fertilization produces a luscious strawberry-banana flavored fruit.