Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Native bees - our main pollinators, with Hartmut Wisch: This illustrated talk explores the great diversity of bees that have co-evolved with California's native flora. Approximately 1,600 species of bees are known to be native to California. Some bees are generalists pollinating a variety of flowers from different plant families; others are more specialized. This informative presentation featuring beautiful images of our native bees will cover all six recognized families of bees (Anthophila).
Hartmut Wisch 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 member of the Lorquin Entomological Society.