Enhancing the Survival of Native Bees

Date: Monday, August 10th, 2015 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Mennonite Church of Normal (map and directions)


Eastern Carpenter bee (Photograph by Claus Rasmussen)

Eastern Carpenter bee (Photograph by Claus Rasmussen)

Sweat bee (Photograph by Rob Curtis/The Early Birder)

Sweat bee (Photograph by Rob Curtis/The Early Birder)

Agapostemon bee (Photograph by Rob Curtis/The Early Birder)

Agapostemon bee (Photograph by Rob Curtis/The Early Birder)

Vernal Plasterer bee (Photograph Claus Rasmussen)

Vernal Plasterer bee (Photograph Claus Rasmussen)

This event is free and
open to the public.

Dr. Sydney Cameron from the?University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Entomology will explore the various native bumble bees and solitary bees species found in Central Illinois.? During the presentation, she will highlight the different species, their life cycles, the habitats they prefer, and what we can do to enhance their survival.

About the Presenter

Photo of Sydney Cameron

Photo courtesy of Cameron Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Cameron has more than 25 years of researching and publishing about bumble bees.? Her lab at the?University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, called the Cameron Lab, applies molecular phylogenetics to questions of social evolution in bees, focuses on the evolution of color pattern in bumble bees, and is developing new protocols to assess the status of recent population decline in North American bumble bees.

Other Resources about Bees

BeeSpotter, The Other Bees.

Coyne, Mari. 2003. ?Native Bees: What?s the Buzz.? Chicago Wilderness Magazine.

The Xerces Society, Pollinator Conservation Resources ? Great Lakes Region.

EcoMyths, The Bee Chronicles (a video series).



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