510th MONTHLY MEETING
March 21st, 2014
All monthly meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in insects, please join us!
Members may bring exhibits for show-and-tell. If you have photos, video, or other media to share, please email the society.
Calendars (the result of our photo contest) are $10 each!
They may be purchased at the meeting, or here on the website.
This meeting is a combo meeting/presentation and BEE WORKSHOP!
BYOB (bring your own Bombus)
Speaker: Tracy Zarrillo
Title: Bumble Bees of Connecticut
Pollinators play a critical role in natural and agricultural ecosystems, both for the reproduction of native plants and for crop production. Animal pollinators (mainly bees and other insects) are essential to the fruit set or seed production of about 1/3 of human crop plants. Bees are the most important pollinators of many crops and a broad range of other flowering plants.
The decline of several species of wild bumble bees in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and China is well documented and cause for concern. Pathogens, parasites, disease and pesticides play a role in bumble bee decline, and there is evidence to support the theory that pathogen spillover from commercially raised bumble bees has caused the decline of four sister species of Bombus in the same subgenus. Two of those species, the rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) and yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola), used to be common in Connecticut. Today they are on the DEEP’s ‘species of special concern’ list, along with their social parasite Bombus ashtoni.
This Bumble Bee ID workshop will focus on the 16 species of Bombus that have been recorded for Connecticut. Known specimens will be provided for viewing under stereoscopes, and information regarding important morphological features will be at each viewing station. Several stereoscopes will also be available if participants want to bring their own specimens to work on, and keys will be provided.
- 7:30pm, University of Connecticut
- Torrey Life Sciences (rooms XXX and 313), 75 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269 (map)
- 9:00pm, The Sports Bar
- 157 Boston Post Rd, North Windham, CT 06256 (map)
Check out the following links to learn more!