Hap Bee Hour Talk: Bee Havior And Floral Rewards

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Most everyone knows that pollinators visit flowers to get at their sweet nectar. Yet many of the hundreds of thousands of flowering plant species offer other kinds of rewards too! In fact, bees, our most important pollinators, must also collect pollen from flowers as their protein source.

A century of research has focused almost exclusively on how pollinators such as bees collect nectar. As a result, we know little about pollen foraging behavior. The results of our research are nothing to scoff at! We’ve found that the behavior of bees foraging for pollen is similar, but also remarkably different to the behavior of bees foraging for nectar.

Join Bee Thinking and Dr. Avery Russell for an exciting talk about how pollen-foraging behavior of bees drives the incredible variety of floral form, color, scent, and other features.

About the Speaker: Dr. Avery Russell studies pollinator behavior and its effects on floral evolution and the floral microbiome. He received his PhD from the University of Arizona and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. He also enjoy long walks with the bees.

This event is free to attend with a suggested donation of $5 - $10 at the door. All of the proceeds will be donated to The Xerces Society. There will be free mead tastings with full glass pours available for sale, and snacks.

Sign up for free to RSVP at: http://bit.ly/HapBeeHourFloralRewards
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