the European tuble wasp (Ancistrocerus gazella) on the corn marigold (Glebionis segetum)

An undisturbed flower patch

On a wonderfully sunny morning in early May, looking for a suitable location for my PhD fieldwork, I discovered a flower patch near the ocean where the wonderful ‘triumvirate’ of Glebionis segetum, Silene uniflora, and Lotus creticus lured a wide range of pollinators. While recording the bumblebees foraging on the Lotus, I tried to ‘catch’ …

Heraklion

XII European Congress of Entomology

I was happy to present our research, entitled ‘Flower visitation through the lens: exploring bumblebees’ behaviour with computer vision-based application‘, at the XII European Congress of Entomology (ECE2023) which was held in Heraklion, Crete, on 16-20 October 2023. In addition to numerous thought-provoking oral presentations and posters, the congress provided a good starting point for potential …

Domestic gardens for high diversity

Domestic gardens for conservation

A survey on the gardens’ potential and the owners’ attitudes toward supporting high biodiversity in nine European countries Background In times of global biodiversity loss, urban green areas, like domestic gardens and allotments, play increasingly important role in supporting insects. These gardens can be biodiversity hotspots or act as stepping stones for wildlife in a …

Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming

Book Review: Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming

Have a read of my book review about an essential and inspiring book, entitled Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming (2023) edited by Peter Kevan and D. Susan Willis Chan, published in Community Ecology (Springer Nature).  To give you a little teaser, here is a snippet from my review: “The primary strength of this book lies …