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Fred and Jean Hort: Are insects helping to save the world?

9 February @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Ischiodon scutellaris Hover Fly on Patersonia – Munday Brook

Fred and Jean Hort:  Are insects helping to save the world?

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from an anther of a plant to the stigma of a plant, later enabling fertilisation and the production of seeds, most often by an animal or by wind. Pollinating agents can be animals such as insects, birds, and bats; water; wind; and even plants themselves   (Wikipedia).

“It’s not just the European honey bee, but native bees, moths, beetles, wasps, ants and even flies that help pollinate our plants that give us the food we enjoy (and need). Without them, we’d be very hungry. A little food for thought.”   (Dr Bryan Lessard, CSIRO, Canberra).

The wider world of nature has special dimensions and diversions that never cease to amaze us. Plants provide pollen and nectar, the primary food source for many insects. One form of pollination takes place when insects transfer pollen between flowers. There always seems to be some aspects of this process that defies our expectations.  Many plants depend on insects for survival.

Fred and Jean will show some of the means used by nature to pollinate our native plants. During any bush ramblings look out for the insect pollinators. This is a good time to take insect photos.

Native bee on Calocephalus multiflorus, Yellow Top


9 February
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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