***Please note this program is being offered virtually via Zoom.***
The monarch butterfly is probably the most famous insect specialist (the caterpillars only feed on milkweed), but did you know that many native bees are also specialists? Female native bee specialists, or oligoleges, only collect pollen from a narrow range of native plants; this could mean just one plant genus or many genera that belong to one plant family.
Biologist, pollinator conservationist and award-winning author Heather Holm will highlight many of these native plant-bee specializations as well as the overlapping habitat requirements of the bees and plants. The presentation will also include the threats to specialists such as habitat loss and climate change.
This event is sponsored by The Nature Foundation of Will County.
This is program is offered by the The Will County Forest Preserve.