Few people know that close to 4,000 species of bees can be found in North America, and that is only one intriguing aspect of these diverse insects.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Dr. Olivia Carril will reveal the complexities of bees, how to attract them, and ways to identify these small, fascinating insects. This is a free talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Bees provide an essential ecosystem service in their role as pollinators, yet few know that that there are roughly 1,000 species of bees in New Mexico. They include specialists, ones that only visit a few select kinds of plants, generalists, cleptoparasites, gregarious nesters, night fliers, “weed” bees, and rare beauties seldom seen.
Join Dr. Olivia Carril as she introduces us to New Mexico’s many bee species, presenting beautiful photos of these amazing creatures, details about their life histories, their identifying features, and tips on how to attract them to your neighborhoods and flower patches.
Olivia has been studying bees for two decades. She received a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Utah State University, where she studied the bee fauna of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, in southern Utah. She holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, in Plant Biology, where she studied a specialist bee, Diadasia, and its floral hosts. Most recently, she has coauthored a book entitled The Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees.
Carril’s talk will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. For more information about this and other Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email email@example.com or call (505).662.0460.