June 2023

Today, special traps were set up at the Ca’ Magre and Campo Calandro #EcorNaturaSi…


Today, special traps were set up at the Ca' Magre and Campo Calandro #EcorNaturaSi farms to study how the flower strips can be source habitats for important parasitoids and pollinators of greenhouse horticultural crops. The traps are called 'pan traps' and consist of three differently coloured bowls (yellow, blue and white), filled with water and soap, that simulate flowers and attract and capture the various #beneficial insects that will be studied. LIFE Programme #LIFEprogramme #LIFEproject #EUpollinators #Natura2000 #pollinators #bees Photo Pixabay United Nations Biodiversity Plantlife: saving wild plants Seedball ConservePlants LIFE Greenchange LIFE 4 Pollinators Ca' Foscari Sostenibile [...]

Today, special traps were set up at the Ca’ Magre and Campo Calandro #EcorNaturaSi…2023-07-03T09:14:52+02:00

Italian woodbine


Italian woodbine Symbol of love bonds With its long flexible stems, the perfoliate honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) wraps itself around the supports and tall trees like a liana. Its climbing stems can reach up to 6 meters. It blooms in spring, and its fragrance fills the surrounding air, especially at sunset, attracting pollinating insects . The flowers are white or yellowish with reddish hues. The fruit is a bright red berry, poisonous due to the presence of alkaloids. Honeysuckle prefers woodland edges and hedges in full sun. Did you know? Since ancient times, honeysuckle has been a symbol of love bonds [...]

Italian woodbine2023-07-03T09:06:55+02:00

Yellow loosestrife


Yellow loosestrife A plant that... can change! 😳🌼🌿The yellow loosestrife (scientific name Lysimachia vulgaris, family Primulaceae) is a distinctive plant that thrives in damp environments. Standing at a height of up to 150 cm, it stands out among other plants typically found in cool areas due to its upright and decorative growth habit. It often forms large colonies along riverbanks and canals.During the summer, the stem is topped with a pyramidal-shaped yellow inflorescence, a decorative spike with beautiful flowers clustered at the top of the stems and branches. The flowers are scentless and do not produce nectar, but the plant [...]

Yellow loosestrife2023-07-03T08:56:18+02:00

Old World swallowtail


Old World swallowtail Elegant and colorful butterfly The Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) belongs to the Papilionidae family, which includes numerous splendid tropical butterflies. In fact, this beautiful butterfly stands out for its large size (with a wingspan ranging from 7 to 9 cm), vibrant colors, and graceful shapes. Its wings are yellow with black outlines and patterns, adorned with a shimmering blue band that contains a red "eye" and end with two long "tails." The swallowtail frequents meadows and open, sunny environments, including city parks. The caterpillar of the swallowtail is light green with black and orange spots, and [...]

Old World swallowtail2023-06-21T11:03:47+02:00

Snowy mespilus


Snowy mespilus A white flower on the rocks The snowy mespilus (Amelanchier ovalis, Rosaceae family) is a shrub that can reach a height of 3 meters, but is usually shorter and bushy. It has the habit of growing on rocky walls, but also on the edges of forests and in abandoned fields. It is very drought-resistant, light-loving, and spontaneously colonizes dry and steep slopes. In spring, before the leaves emerge, its small white flowers appear. The flowering can be spectacular due to the large number of flowers, which attract bees and other pollinating insects with their fragrance Snowy mespilus is [...]

Snowy mespilus2023-06-21T11:01:48+02:00

Wild carrot


Wild carrot The ancestor of carrots The wild carrot (scientific name Daucus carota) is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Apiaceae family, 30-90 cm tall. It lives in uncultivated meadows, fields and along roadsides; it is considered a weed. It's an ancestor of the carrot we use in the kitchen Its woody, whitish root, with an acrid taste and unpleasant smell, has nothing in common with the cultivated carrot, obtained after many generations with a slow improvement of the spontaneous species. Fruits have long thorns that stick to the hair of any passing animal . When it rains, the fruiting [...]

Wild carrot2023-06-21T10:40:26+02:00

Megachile rotundata


Megachile rotundata The leaf cutter bee Megachile rotundata is a solitary bee of the Megachilidae family, which includes bees called leafcutters and masons, because they build their nests in makeshift cavities: underground, in rock crevices, reeds, hollow stems and even shells . The female of Megachile rotundata uses her strong jaws to cut pieces of leaves and petals which she uses to build the cells in which she lays her eggs. She is a skilled pollinator of alfalfa, carrots, other vegetables and some fruits. Did you know? Megachile rotundata has been introduced as a pollinator and bred in many parts [...]

Megachile rotundata2023-06-21T10:30:23+02:00
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