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Pea flowers at the Field of Mars

By: Sue Lewis, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 14 Sep 2010

A walk around the Field of Mars Environment Education Centre with Steve Papp and Pat Spiers last week revealed a plethora of native flowers of many colours and shapes, including pea flowers - all perfect for a field study of pollinators.

Tussock caterpillar

Vanessa Barratt © Australian Museum

The eye-catching pea flowers of red and yellow, pale yellow and purple are all especially attractive to native bees for pollination. If you can’t catch them in the field have a look at them on film.

There are over 1640 native bees in Australia, and this is the perfect time of the year to catch them foraging for pollen for their larva, and sipping on nectar.

Tags pollinators, pea flowers, native bees, Field of Mars, native flowers, bees, Steve Papp, Pat Spiers,