Date: June 2nd, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Fletcher Wildlife Garden
Bees may come to mind when you think about pollination; however, flies are more significant pollinators than native bees. The fact that many are excellent mimics of bees allows them to fly under the radar. In addition, fly larvae often provide additional benefits such as biological control of pests. Jeff’s talk will focus on our native fly pollinators, in particular, flower flies (Syrphidae).
Jeff recently co-authored a book entitled, Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America. His talk will profile this new field guide and tie it into the fly pollination theme. We will spend part of our time outside, if the weather permits, and look for flower flies and other pollinators. Bring a hand lens and insect net if you have one. We want to get up close and personal with some of these fantastic little animals.
Jeff conducts research on pollinator flies at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes. If you have any pollinator flies in your garden that you have been curious about, bring in photos or specimens, and Jeff may be able to tell you a bit more about them. If you have a copy of his book, feel free to bring it along too as more copies will give us more opportunities to learn when in the field.