Native Bees and Native Plants

Speakers: Hartmut Wisch

Date: October 20, 2016 (doors open 6:45 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm)

Location: Duck Club, Irvine (Directions)

This beautifully illustrated program explores the great diversity of California native bees - approximately 1600 species! - that co-evolved with our native flora. Some of these bees are generalists that pollinate a variety of flowers while others are more specialized. All six recognized families of bees will be discussed.

Hartmut discovered a love for macro photography and a fascination with the diversity of our insect fauna after working for 35 years as a naturalist--‐guide taking European visitors through western North America. His special interest is in observing and identifying our native bees. He is a contributing editor at bugguide.net (Iowa State U. Entomology) and a member of the Lorquin Entomological Society.

Materials to read or bring to the talk:

Return of the Natives: How Wild Bees Will Save Our Agricultural System

Protecting Bees from Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Your Garden

Recommended Readings and Internet Sites – 2016

Native Bees and Native Plants - Definitions and Slide List

2018 CNPS Conservation Conference Travel Grant

Congratulations to Marlee Antill, James Bailey, Rebecca Crow, Hailey Laskey, and Wilnelia Ricart, winners of our 2018 CNPS Conservation Conference Student Travel Grant! We look forward to seeing them at the Conference next February. 

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