Bumblebees prefer stripes and red flowers, research suggests

This story from the BBC – Advice for all you Gardeners out there!

Gardeners are being encouraged to grow striped flowers to encourage bumblebee populations, after research suggested the insects are most attracted to them.

Stripes on petal veins direct bumblebees to the flower’s “central landing platform” and entrance to gather nectar and pollen.

Researchers also found that red flowers were also attractive to bees.

Bees play a key role in agriculture by pollinating crops.

The scientists say that growing especially inviting plants could be a way for people to help stem what has been called a “catastrophic” decline in UK bumblebee populations. ”

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