Denise Ellsworth shares knowledge of how plant and bees interact: 5-Min.Q&A Profile | cleveland.com: “Denise Ellsworth feels fortunate to be able to work on a topic that she believes in – saving bees and other pollinators. Ellsworth, 46, is the program director of the Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education Program in the Ohio State University extension office. She works with farmers, gardeners or anyone else who is interested in bee health, and is currently exploring ways to create habitat for bees. Ellsworth frequently teaches in Northeast Ohio. Let’s get to know Ellsworth in this 5 Min. Q&A Profile.”
Nice exchange on promoting pollinators and habitat in Ohio.
Monarchs and milkweed: Probing the plant, pollinator partnership: “Although monarch butterflies do pollinate milkweeds as they draw nectar, pollination isn’t their primary relationship. Monarchs mostly need milkweed as a host plant for its caterpillars. Milkweed seems to need the voracious monarchs not at all. Other insects do most of the pollination. ‘My research, while it doesn’t look directly at monarch butterflies, it gives us a lot of insight into the population dynamics of milkweeds that relate to pollinators. And obviously without pollinators we wouldn’t have the healthy populations of milkweeds that we do see. Pollination allows a population of milkweed to be a lot more genetically diverse, and that’s really important because it allows the populations to adapt, to evolve and possibly even to coevolve even further with the monarchs that are so closely entwined with these plants.’”