The Hidden Life of Bees

Brigit Strawbridge Howard
In this seminar Brigit will explain some of the basic differences between bumblebees, solitary bees, and honeybees – including lifecycles and nesting behaviour; their relationships with flowering plants; the problems they all face; and, most important, what we can do to help them.
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Sun, Feb 28
Sun, Feb 28
10am PT / 1pm ET
90 min


Planet Earth is home to more than 20,000 different species of bee, as diverse in size and appearance as they are in behaviour, life-cycles, and habitat requirements. 

With the help of beautiful colour photographs, Brigit explains some of the basic differences between honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees - including their roles as pollinators; life-cycles and nesting behaviour; and their myriad relationships with flowering plants. Along the way she introduces some of her favourite species, such as the aptly named Hairy-footed Flower bee, and snail-shell nesting Osmia bees - whose behaviour and life-cycles are as fascinating as they are endearing. This talk also touches on bee decline, and, most important, advises how we can all encourage more of these wondrous insects into our gardens and backyards by creating bee-friendly habitats for them. This event is suitable for anyone with an interest in bees, gardening and the natural world.

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