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’ …

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 …

Flowering tomato

Noise and pollination

In addition to wild pollinators visiting agricultural lands, ’commercial bumblebees’ (e.g. Bombus terrestris audax in Europea) have been used in glass houses and open-field cultivations worldwide since the 1980s. Indeed, bumblebees (Bombus sp.) are the most efficient pollinators for a wide variety of popular crops, such as tomatoes and strawberries, and it is also well-known …

The bumblebees and the flowering cabbage

Life is buzzing on the cabbage

Of the many gorgeous herbaceous plants and flowering fruit trees, the buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) in our garden chose the blooming cabbage (Brassica oleracea) as their favourite nectar and pollen source this spring. Cabbage is a cross-pollinated crop, which means it is not capable of self-fertilisation, thus pollination via insects is one of the best …