PAST EVENT / May 22, 2016: Butterflies & Pollinators

Imagine a world without apples, cherries, cucumbers or coffee! About 90% of plant species rely on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to start the cycle of seed and fruit production. We’ll feature the amazing role of pollinators and give you ideas on how you can make a home for these special insects.

1:15pm / Featured Presentation – “Bees of Maryland” by Gene Scarpulla

There are many more species of bees in Maryland than you think.  In 2009, Gene did a yearlong survey of the bees of Hart-Miller Island in the Chesapeake Bay.  Gene’s presentation will discuss bees in general, his Hart-Miller Island survey, and the amazing diversity of Maryland’s bees.

Gene Scarpulla is an Associate at the Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where he surveys and identifies native bees and wasps.  Gene is also Journal Editor for Maryland Birdlife and The Maryland Entomologist.

Ongoing Activities from 1:00 – 4:00pm / Stop in at your convenience; stay as long as you’d like!

View up close a large variety of butterfly and insect specimens from the collections of the Natural History Society and other entomologists. This is your chance to see butterflies and insects found beyond your backyard. If you have a collection, bring it with you!

Want to start your own ‘butterfly garden’? Baltimore County Master Gardeners Pollinators Group will have ideas to start your own pollinator garden, suggest plants for your backyard, and answer gardening questions.

Children can have fun learning about pollination with games, activities, and take home crafts.

Engage with other Natural History Society scientists and naturalists on hand to answer questions and guide your connection with nature.

We’re open for everyone interested in nature. Stop by to view more natural history collections that are on permanent display at our building. Chat with our natural history scientists and experts!

Want to learn more about butterflies? Check out our new LEP club – for all novice and expert lepidopterists.