After 150 million years, the dynamics of pollination are still a work in progress. A lot has changed since fossil records indicate that clumsy beetles began spreading pollen as they ate their way from one flower to another. By offering nectar for energy and pollen for protein, flowers have developed intricate systems to manipulate insect behavior. This is usually a straightforward exchange of food for services, but many flowers save energy by cheating. They use deception, false advertising, bait and switch, and even deadly tricks to entice insects into their perfumed boudoirs. And it all happens in your backyard if you plant a native plant pollinator garden.
Join George Miller, author and past president of the Albuquerque chapter of NPSNM for this talk. See you there!
Meet at the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (118 Cruz Alta Rd), 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Masks are encouraged. All meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us and bring your friends!