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Two honey bee (Apis mellifera) workers foraging for nectar on the garden plant Helenium (variety: Sahin's early flowerer), which blooms from late summer to autumn. The photograph was taken in Great Dixter Garden, in East Sussex. In an article in this issue, Mihail Garbuzov and Francis L. W. Ratnieks discuss lists of pollinator-friendly ornamental garden plants, which are often published in hopes of giving the public a way to help bees and other flower-visiting insects. Although such lists can be valuable, the study shows that they also have some shortcomings. For example, they often appear to be based largely on anecdotal data rather than empirical research. Photograph: Francis L. W. Ratnieks.
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