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 (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