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New Zealand’s Native Bees & Some New Arrivals


Tue 7 Mar 2017, 7:30pm

Where: Otari Information Centre, 160 Wilton Road, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Come to a fascinating series of seminars on a variety of botanical topics, Tuesdays in March 7:30pm at #OtariWiltonsBush.

Tonight's speaker Phil Lester discusses “New Zealand’s native (and not very social) bees & some new arrivals”.

Abstract: Prior to Mary Bumby bring honey bees to New Zealand in 1939, there were no social bees of any type living in the country. But we still had and have native bees. There are about 20,000 bee species around the globe. Of these, New Zealand is the native home to around 28 species.

Our native species are all solitary and are primarily made up of “sweat bees” and “plasterer bees”. Despite being solitary they can play an important role in the pollination of our native plants. I’ll introduce these bees and talk about some new exotic arrivals that include the alkali bee and woolcarder bee.

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