MPF Master Class: Hover Flies: Pollinators, Predators, and Master Mimics


The control of aphids in agriculture has been a significant force in learning more about a group of flies in the family Syrphidae—the hover flies/flower flies. The larval stage of many hover fly species are direct predators of aphids, a major pest in agriculture and sometimes in the garden, especially on milkweed. Their benefit is […]

MPF Webinar: The Nature of Things: Botany, Ecology, and Medieval Art


Medieval art was deeply linked to the environment through both material and symbolism. Learn more about how artists of the Middle Ages drew inspiration from plants and trees, capitalizing on their distinct properties to create extraordinary sculptures, cloth, and books. This talk will also reveal how the cultivation of plants for artmaking materials transformed the […]

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