14 Sep 2017 7:00 pm

Speaker: Jeff Skevington
Location: Salon A/B, K.W. Neatby Building, Central Experimental Farm, 960 Carling Avenue

Pollination has been in the news a lot recently due to significant declines in populations of honeybees. Not only the media have been noticing this. Funding for pollinator research has increased and most importantly, there has been a push to learn more about non-honeybee pollinators. Jeff will briefly overview some of the honeybee issues but most of the talk will focus on our native pollinators. There are thought to be over 200,000 species of pollinators in the world and almost all of the research and attention has historically gone to honeybees. In this talk, you will learn more about the incredible assemblage of other pollinators that visit our crops, gardens and natural habitats. Flies and other non-bees provide over one third of our agricultural pollination. Jeff conducts research on pollinator flies at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes so you can expect a flies to get their share of the limelight in this presentation. 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.