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    Top plant families for pollinators in August

    The National Botanic Garden of Wales is leading research using DNA barcoding to understand the foraging preferences of pollinating insects. Based on their results so far, we asked the Botanic Garden’s scientists to let us know some of the best plants to attract pollinators in August. Here are their top six plant families. Be sure to avoid double flowered varieties.

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    Pollinator of the day #7 – Eristalis pertinax

    One of our most common hoverflies, this species belongs to a group of hoverflies that resemble honeybees. This particular Eristalis has a long abdomen with the distinguishing feature being its first two sets of legs are yellow. They can be seen from spring through to the end of summer within a variety of habitats from […]

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    Pollinator of the day #6 – Common red soldier beetle (Rhagonycha fulva)

    These small striking red beetles are a very common sight within meadows during the summer. Adults of this beetle feed on nectar and pollen, making them excellent pollinators and they can often be found on flowers in mating pairs (or sometimes more!). Plants with open flowers such as hogweed and cow parsley are particularly favoured […]

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    Pollinator of the day #5 – Meadow brown (Maniola jurtina)

    One of our commonest butterflies, this species is often seen flying around Cae Trawscoed in high numbers on sunny days. The eyespot and orange patches on the forewing only are the distinctive features of this species, separating it from other brown butterflies. A range of grasses are eaten by this butterfly during its caterpillar stage, […]

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    Pollinator of the day #4 – Bumblebee hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata)

    This small hoverfly looks a bit different to the rest, mimicking a very worn bumblebee. The larvae usually develop within stems of hogweed and the adults can often be found foraging on the flowers. This is a common hoverfly often seen in umbellifer-rich grasslands, woodlands and hedgerows. Keep an eye out for it next time […]

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    Pollinator of the day #3 – Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum)

    The common carder bee is one of our most common bumblebees, with its distinctive ginger hair making it different to the other common species. Two other carder bees are found in the UK which can be difficult to separate from the common carder bee, the moss carder bee and the brown-banded carder bee, although these […]

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