"Flight of the Pollinators" is the 32nd episode of the first season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on March 30, 2012. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt.
In this episode, a miniaturized Chris gets stuck on a honey bee while trying to get some footage of it. As the rest of the crew tries to find him, Chris learns about the relationship between pollinators and flowers.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers find bees going from flower to flower in a meadow. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
A miniaturized Chris rides his Buzz Bike up from the forest floor, flings himself, and lands on a flower Martin and Aviva (they are normal size) are near. He enters the inside of the flower, and soon after, a honeybee arrives. Martin names it Beast, who starts drinking the flower's nectar. Chris gets some camera footage, but Beast bumps into him and he sticks to her. Beast then takes off. Martin and Aviva chase after Beast, but they get confused and bump into each other. They then return to the Tortuga and tell the rest of the Wild Kratts that they "lost Chris". Martin exits to search for Chris.
Meanwhile, Beast lands on another flower. She bumps Chris onto a stamen. Chris then dumps a couple of pollen grains into the flower's pistil. Suddenly, a crab spider pounces on Beast. Beast is able to fly away. The spider then turns its attention to Chris. Martin finds Chris, but just when he is about to catch him falling down from the flower, a hummingbird bumps into Chris and carries him off.
Martin continues his search for Chris. He finds a bush of red, tube-shaped flowers. (He knows that hummingbirds are attracted to the color red.) The hummingbird Chris is on arrives at the same flower. Martin holds out a life-ring for Chris to grab onto, but when the hummingbird nears the flower, an eyelash viper knocks the life-ring away, and consequently, the hummingbird flies away. Chris notices that hummingbirds perch after he nicknames the one he is on Flash. He lets go of Flash by grabbing onto a leaf as Flash flies away. Chris calls Martin, but he falls into a fig gourd.
On the next day, several fig wasps hatch in the fig gourd Chris is in. He hangs onto one as they exit through the hole at the top. Aviva finishes building a giant contraption called the Pollinator Attractor to attract pollinators. She guarantees that the pollinator Chris is with will be attracted to it. She turns the machine on, and a swarm of pollinators, including the wasp Chris is on, arrive, blanketing the machine. Martin overhears Chris's call, and he activates his Bee Creature Power Suit after a bee stings him. Martin grabs Chris in time before his fig wasp enters another fig gourd. While Martin continues his flight, Chris throws pollen onto various pollinators. At the end, the Wild Kratts summarize the relationship between pollinators and flowers while eating figs up in a tree.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers head to a farm. They follow some bees around, pick yellow zucchini, and after finding a chipmunk eating seeds on a tree, they plant zucchini seeds. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
Key facts and Creature Moments
- Animals can help flowers pollinate by delivering pollen from their stamens down to another flower's pistil. From there, seeds grow.
- Pollinators not only pollinate flowers, but they also drink their nectar, which is one way they they depend on flowers for.
- This is the first episode where Chris is naming an animal.
- This is the first episode with a really true graphical error.