A honeybee feeding on a purple inflorescence (possibly an Echinops species)

ZooSoc Takeover: The Birds and the Bees

Ah spring. The bright mornings, the stretch in the evenings, the weather finally nice enough that you should definitely start to study. But you don’t. Instead you take a leisurely stroll around college, soaking up the ambiance; watching birds building their nest/stealing your chips, butterflies landing on the noses of freckled children, bees, humming through the…

Hang on, when was the last time you saw a bee? Could it have been a wasp? What even is a pollinator?

Solitary bee Antidium florentinum. Image credit: Alvegaspar, Wikimedia Creative Commons.

This Trinity Week, Professor Jane Stout will be launching the campus pollinator plan with the aim of increasing biodiversity and awareness thereof within the college grounds. By way of introduction, let’s take a look at some of the core concepts that you have forgotten/have yet to actually hear about pollinators.


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