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Bees and pollination, life insurance for the planet and biodiversity

Until October 1, Maison Cordier (MVA) is hosting an exhibition on pollination and the role of insects.

La Maison Cordier, hosts until October 1st an exhibition dedicated to pollination thanks to insects, loaned by the Departmental House of the environment of the Domaine de Restinclières and presented by the association “Autre regard sur l’environnement Piedmont Biterrois” ( AREpb).

Panels and animations

The opening took place on September 22 in the presence of the municipal councilor Monique Agugliaro, the deputy Michel Moulin and the councilor Jean-Pierre Galtier, also president of the OMESC (organization of mediation in environmental health and consumption).

The host Aude and Thierry, the coordinator of the AREpb, during the opening, answered many questions from the guests. They also led various workshops set up for the occasion: creation of seed bombs to recreate plants; making, with Elora, smoothies with fruits – whose origin is based on pollinated flowers – while pedaling!

“Pollination and flowering plants are linked, 70 to 80% of flowering plants depend on pollination by insects, pollination also sometimes carried out by small mammals or birds”, can we read on the various panels that make up the exhibition. Very explanatory texts and drawings that introduce the main pollinators.

“In their absence we would be forced to consume only plants that do not depend on pollinating insects: wheat, maize, rice… There would be fewer flowering plants and the production of meat and milk would be reduced because farm animals nourish flowering plants”, specified Thierry. And to take the public to the land of pollinators: “Honey bees, they actively forage on many plants. Nectar and pollen are primarily intended to feed the larvae. During a foraging trip, honey bees visit several flowers of the same species. Cross-pollination is wild bees, unlike the so-called domestic species, live solitary, the females also make honey but only for a few larvae…”

Aude, during the past school year, was able to sensitize ten classes from CP to CM1, i.e. around 300 pupils, to the usefulness of wild and non-aggressive bees for humans and allowed them, by approaching them, to evacuate their fear.

“The other main pollinators are beetles, often clumsy and inactive, bumblebees, whose thick fur is loaded with pollen, flies that take nectar and pollen from flowers (the hoverfly looks like a small bee), and finally butterflies , diurnal or nocturnal, which take the nectar for their own subsistence and carry it from flower to flower on their proboscis.”

An exhibition of the greatest interest in the face of the threat of extinction hanging over pollinators.

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