Taos May Meeting: How to Woo a Bee

This month’s meeting topic is “How to Woo a Bee: The role of flower color, scent, and shape in attracting bees,” presented by Olivia Carril.

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.

Meetings are held 6-7:30 PM on 3rd Wednesdays in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Rd. All meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us and bring your friends! Feel free to contact us at TaosNPS@gmail.com with any questions.