BLUE HILL — Alison C. Dibble, Ph.D. will present a slideshow titled “Do bees prefer native plants? Results of a 5-year study” 5:30-6 p.m. May 23, at Blue Hill Public Library, Parker Point Road.
Maine has 278 species of bees, all but eight are native. Researchers at the University of Maine asked,”what do the bees want?” and set up an experiment to find out. At four sites 2012-2017, scientists tested bee visitation rate on more than 90 plant species, including so-called nativars and native plants from wild sources, and observed more than 17,000 bees and found they differed in their preferences. We can’t assume a “bee plant” will attract all kinds of bees. This talk includes practical tips for the home garden, and is hosted by Native Gardens of Blue Hill.