How to Woo a Bee

Bees locate flowers using a combination of visual and olfactory cues. Both are produced by flowers in order to manipulate the bees into pollinating them. Olivia Carril, plant biologist and author of The Bees in Your Backyard, a Field Guide to North America’s Bees, will discuss this complex relationship of flowers and their bees. She will focus specifically on the role of flower shape, size, color, and scent in attracting bees. And she will discuss pollinator syndromes, the co-evolution of bees and flowers, and how bee/plant relationships are changing as the landscapes where these creatures co-occur are being modified.