19.30 | £8
with Dr Mark Welch
The Natural History Museum, London
How might the threats to our pollinators be mitigated? How might we, as individuals, get involved in monitoring our pollinators?
This talk focuses on flying insects, particularly bees and flies, and explores their varied lifestyles and habitat needs against the ever-growing background of agricultural intensification in the UK.
Pollination involves the transfer of male sex cells (pollen) to the female sexual organs of plants. This transfer is mediated by many different animals, as well as by the wind. Flying insects (including bees, moths, butterflies, beetles, true bugs and flies) are among the most important pollinators. Indeed, without one particular fly we would have no chocolate!
Artist/speaker: Mark Welch