pollinator project

Don't Step on a Bee Day: 10th July 2021

In appreciation of ‘don’t step on a bee day’ we’re going to highlight bee diversity and the importance of bees. This awareness day is held annually on 10th July, which aims to educate the public and highlight the importance of bees and their contribution. When thinking about bees, the honey bee is the iconic bee species which comes to mind and the thought of bees is often followed by thoughts of nature, summer and picnics.

Bumblebee Diets

Bumblebees are a charismatic group of insects as they are recognised for their important ecological role in pollination of both wild and agricultural plants. Unfortunately, after the Second World War, their numbers and geographic range declined. Whilst this is likely due to a combination of possible explanations, the leading cause is currently thought to be the intensification of farming (2–4).

Pondering the Pollination Process of Pollinators – Beetles & Wasps

As part of the Jersey Biodiversity Centre’s role in the Pollinator Project, a number of articles have been penned with the aim of comparing and contrasting certain of Jersey’s native insect orders and species, focussing on those most frequently mistaken for one another.

The Bee and the Wasp

By James Moody.

There is often confusion between wasps and bees, exacerbated by there being numerous genera and sub-species of each insect. 
Despite their numerous similarities, particularly when viewed from a distance (or over one’s shoulder whilst running in the opposite direction), the differences are both numerous and fascinating, as we shall explore below:
 
The Honey Bee
(top photo by Louise)