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How do we know what bees can see?

Over 100 years ago, Karl von Frisch was the first person to conduct behavioural studies on honeybees, using classical conditioning techniques such as those used by Pavlov on his dogs.  He trained honeybees to feed from a dish of sugar-water placed on blue-coloured card along with an array of different shades of grey card.  His logic was that if a honeybee was colour-blind it wouldn’t be able to distinguish the blue card from the grey card. 

2023-08-22T17:35:17+01:00 July 24th, 2020|Pollinators|

Geraniums for Bees

I really love watching the bees at work around the nursery and will frequently find myself helping them out of the tunnels with my trusty butterfly net or finding a food source for one that has become weary. I was especially pleased to discover that a hive of bumble bees has set up home in an abandoned rabbit burrow in the hedgerow at the nursery.

2024-01-10T15:55:12+01:00 August 4th, 2019|Pollinators|

Hoverflies

Hoverflies, also known as flower flies or syrphid flies, are a diverse and fascinating group of insects that are often mistaken for bees or wasps due to their black and yellow striped appearance. However, unlike their stinging counterparts, hoverflies are harmless to humans and play an important role in pollination and pest control.

2024-01-10T16:33:29+01:00 February 20th, 2023|Beneficial Insects, Pollinators|

Bees

Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem, playing a critical role in pollinating plants, fruits, and vegetables. These tiny creatures work tirelessly inadvertently ensuring our food supply is abundant and diverse. In fact, it's estimated that bees are responsible for pollinating about one-third of the world's crops. Without bees, our food system would be severely compromised, and the ecological balance of our planet would be thrown off.

2024-01-10T16:48:10+01:00 February 21st, 2023|Beneficial Insects, Pollinators|

Bee flies

Bee flies are a fascinating group of insects that are often mistaken for bees or wasps due to their appearance and behaviour. However, they are a type of fly that belongs to the family Bombyliidae, which includes over 5,000 species worldwide. These insects are found in a wide variety of habitats, from deserts to forests, and play an important role in pollination and controlling insect populations.

2023-08-22T18:11:25+01:00 February 20th, 2023|Beneficial Insects, Pollinators|