Spring 2016 Results

Thanks to Tori Reynolds and Manuel Lequerica for analysing the spring 2016 data and writing this blog post!

 

A big thank you to everyone who took part in the November 2016 Wild Pollinator Count! Over 350 observations were submitted from 111 different locations, ranging from Kanimbla in North Queensland, Pelverata in Tasmania, all the way to City Beach in Western Australia. We’re still waiting for some observations from the Northern Territory!

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Count locations from spring 2016 Wild Pollinator Count

 

Participants counted over 3500 insects during this spring’s count*. Excluded from this total were insects, arthropods or birds that were counted while flying past flowers without landing. We also excluded ants, as often they don’t come in direct contact with the reproductive organs of the plants (and when they do they are often pollen robbing rather than pollinating!). As with previous counts, the European honey bee was again counted as being the most abundant pollinating insect, followed by our “other” bees, hover flies and “other” flies. Our beetle, wasp and butterfly/moth count was impressive! Continue reading

April 2016 Count Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the April 2016 Wild Pollinator Count! Just over 200 observations were submitted from 86 locations, all the way from Buckleboo in South Australia to Cairns in North Queensland.

April 2016 map

Participants counted almost 2000 insects during flower observations. Some people included insects that flew past the flower without landing, but we haven’t included those numbers here. We also haven’t included ants, as these are often more likely robbing nectar rather than pollinating. European honey bees were the most abundant pollinator insects, followed by our native bees, butterflies and moths. And don’t forget the flies and wasps! Continue reading

Photo Competition Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Wild Pollinator Count & Slopes 2 Summit Photo Competition! We were excited by the diversity of wild pollinator insects captured by the entrants. Taking photos of pollinators can be tricky – even expert photographers have plenty of ‘near misses’ too. Taking photos can also be a great help in trying to identify the insect later, or to provide a record of your observation.

We are pleased to announce 10 prizewinners across the competition categories. We are grateful to Slopes 2 Summit and the NSW Government Environmental Trust for providing these prizes.

 

POLLINATOR PORTRAIT: Stephen Schilg, Macro honey bee

By Stephen Schilg: macro honey bee

 

MULTIPLE POLLINATOR INSECTS: Angela Cook, Native bee and blue banded bee

By Angela Cook: Native bee and blue banded bee

 

NEAR MISS: Joanne Diver, Blurry bee with salvia

By Joanne Diver: Blurry bee and salvia

 

STUDENT: Matilda Willinck, beetle on Burgan

By Matilda Willinck: Beetle on Burgan

 

MOBILE PHONE/TABLET: Dan Jones, Silky oak bees

By Dan Jones: Silky Oak Bees

 

POINT & SHOOT CAMERA: Joanne Diver, Pollinator stopped by for a drink

By Joanne Diver: Pollinator stopped by for a drink

 

OZPOLLINATORS (4 winners):

Erica Siegel, Homalictus urbanus on salvia

By Erica Siegel: Homalictus urbanus foraging on Red Salvia

 

Faye Arcaro, Paper wasp on milkweed

By Faye Arcaro: Paper wasp on milkweed

 

Yvonne Davila, Wasp are you lookin’ at?

By Yvonne Davila: Wasp are you lookin' at?!

 

Iris Curran, Sawfly on Flying Duck orchid

By Iris Curran: sawfly on Flying Duck Orchid

 

Each prizewinner will receive a voucher for photography gear or books to the value of $100.  You can view all the entries in our Flickr album.

Our biggest count yet!

The results are in – a phenomenal 363 observations, over 6 times more than our last count. And the pollinator counting excitement has spread to 119 localities across Australia – NT was the only state that didn’t contribute observations…let’s hope they join in next time!

November 2015 Wild Pollinator Count Locations. Click on the image to view an interactive map.

Over 6000 insects were spotted on flowers in pollinator counts around the country. The majority were European honey bees, but our native bees weren’t far behind. Continue reading

Autumn 2015 Count

We’ve successfully proved that the Wild Pollinator Count is not a one hit wonder! Thank you to everyone who took part in the second count. The number of observations we collected was 59, almost double the number from the first count last spring. And our geographical range expanded dramatically too, with observations submitted from 25 locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

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Inaugural results are in!

Thank you for contributing to our inaugural wild pollinator count! We had a total of 33 responses from the Albury/Wodonga greater region for our little trial run, with a grand total of 391 insects observed on a wide array of flowers. Below, we’ve included a short summary of some of the observations you contributed. And thank you for the positive feedback. It’s wonderful to find out how much interest there is in wild pollinators and how many people are keen to enhance their identification skills. The exciting news is you can watch flowers again next year! Continue reading