This fall, the Gratton Lab hosted UW-Madison sophomore Celeste Huff for a Zoology 152 independent project. She chose to investigate the floral preferences of local bumble bees in early fall, asking whether different bumble bee species associate with different suites of flowers to fulfill their nutritional needs. With the help of graduate student Taylor Tai, Celeste learned how to conduct photo sampling for bumble bees across the UW-Madison Arboretum, Allen Centennial Gardens, Biocore Prairie, and other floral patches around campus. Her results suggest that the flower species preferred by bumble bees do vary by bee species, which Huff proposes could be due to differences in tongue length or other physiological traits that differ between bumble bees. Thanks Celeste for a great semester, and keep spreading your new appreciation for bees!This article was posted in Pollinators.