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Determining the Most Attractive Plants for Bees and other Flower Visitors

Saturday 28 July 11:15 until 15:00
Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex
Speaker: LASI summer workshop

Bees and many insects visit flowers to gather nectar and pollen. One reason why bees and other flower-visiting insects have declined is because there are fewer flowers. However, not all flowers are equally good for insects, and some insects preferentially visit certain plant species. So which are the best flowers?
The workshop is targeted at anyone who is interested in helping bees through flowers, whether ornamental garden flowers or wild flowers. You will learn how to identify the main types of flower-visiting insects and how to quantify them so that you can determine which attract the most insects and also which types of insects visit them. For example, some flowers attract more honey bees, some more bumble bees, some more butterflies.
The workshop will take place at LASI and will combine lectures with hands on activities, and will be based on the results of LASI research carried out in the  Sussex Plan for Honey Bee Health & Well Being. Teachers include Professor Francis Ratnieks, Dr Karin Alton and other LASI researchers.
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By: Karin Alton
Last updated: Tuesday, 24 April 2018