May '21 27

Native Bees

10:00 am — 12:15 pm

  Bees are close relatives to wasps and ants, and are best known for their role in pollination.  Although not native to North America, the best known bee is the European honeybee noted for honey and wax production and the pollination of about one-third of our crop plants.  Globally, there are about 20,000 species of bees and about 4,000 native to North America.  Bees are everywhere there are flowering plants in need of pollination services.

  On Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 AM, Sibley’s Museum Scientist, Michael Nickell, will present a two-part program on bees.  The first part will treat the bees as a monophyletic group emphasizing anatomical and behavioral characteristics separating bees from their wasp ancestors.  The second part will emphasize five families of native bees and their distinguishing characteristics.  The program will conclude with a short video on the challenges all bees face as pollinators and for survival.

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