Dr. Robert Gegear's Research

An assistant professor of biology at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Dr. Gegear's research includes the conservation of native pollination systems, floral evolution, and bumblebee ecology.

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Dr. Robert Gegear - Beecology website

Things to Consider, a list from Dr. Gegear

  • If you are planting above 1000 ft. select plants for all three bumblebee species.

  • If you are planting below 1000 ft. select plants for B. fervidus and B. vagans.

  • Select nectar and pollen plants so that you have blooms in every season: Early (March-May), Mid (June-July) and Late (Aug-Sept).

  • Spring floral resources are extremely important for all at risk pollinator types so give them a high priority.

  • Be aware that in most cases, the species of a plant is far more beneficial to pollinators than named cultivars.

  • Select plants that target as many species from the three pollinator groups as possible - a good habitat will support species at risk over the entire season.

Printable PDF link of reccomended plants