Catapulting pollen

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
March 1, 2018

Callin Switzer earns his doctorate

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
May 18, 2017

Bumblebee behavior

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
September 23, 2016

Bumblebee behavior

Callin Switzer

Some flowers release pollen out of small pores in the anthers. Bumblebees (Bombus impatiens Cresson) coax this pollen out by vibrating their bodies (buzz pollination or sonication). In research published in Apidologie, Callin Switzer and colleagues observed bumblebees in the urban environment of the Arboretum, the rural environment of the Concord Field Station and in the greenhouse. They found that they alter their sonication behavior depending on which plants they visit and the environmental conditions. abstract »

Continue reading


What’s the buzz

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
September 2, 2016

Searching for Insect Pollinators

by Ana Maria Caballero McGuire, Children’s Education Fellow
June 15, 2016

Searching for Insect Pollinators

Trapping pollinating insects

Recently, a group of ten young educators from the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) program, along with their two instructors, visited the Arboretum to search for insect pollinators in the Leventritt Garden.  The previous Saturday, another group of Boston Public School teachers had attended a similar Insect Pollinator program through the Arboretum for Educators professional development […]

Continue reading


Head banging bees

by Faye Rosin, Director of Research Facilitation
December 15, 2015