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In a Southern Illinois University Carbondale laboratory, hundreds of bees, butterflies, moths, flies and beetles are being sorted and cataloged.
Sedonia Sipes, an associate professor of plant biodiversity and conservation biology, has set out to determine just how many types of insect pollinators — bugs that transport pollen from flower to flower — live in Southern Illinois.
Sipes and her team are conducting an inventory of pollinating insect species on federally managed lands within the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and the Shawnee National Forest.
The three-year study, now in its second year, is funded by a grant from a federal interagency program called Service First.