2 sessions: Aug. 20, 7-8:30 pm and (optional) Aug. 27, 6:30-7 pm
One of our oldest insect groups, hymenoptera, appeared in the fossil record about 200 million years ago. These now include today's bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies. Many of these species exhibit complex social behaviors and impressive defenses and play a critical role in our ecosystems as pollinators, predators, and even seed dispersers. This online presentation will introduce common New England bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies, when and where to find them, ways to safely observe their fascinating behavior, and how to create healthy habitats for them. An optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercise will be offered, with an August 27 follow-up discussion session for those who do the exercise.
Explore the diverse, colorful, and at times surprising world of insects. Learn about their amazing anatomy, life cycles, behavior, and ecological relationships in this online series. Familiarize yourself with conservation threats, existing citizen science projects, and everyday actions you can take to help keep local insects and their habitats healthy. Each weekly class will include an optional, self-directed outdoor observation exercise and a 30-minute follow-up virtual discussion session a week later, providing an opportunity for you to observe insects on your own and share your discoveries with classmates and the presenters.
Each program of the series will focus on a different topic.
Join us for one, some or all!