Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

September 4, 2013

Texas native bees for native plants

Mineral Wells Index

— Texas native bees will be the topic for the upcoming lecture hosted by the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society.

The public program takes place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12, at the Cherry Park Community Building, located at 313 Davis St. in Weatherford.

Michael Warriner will address the several-hundred bee species native to Texas. Of these, the bumblebee is probably the most familiar. Except for the bumblebee, most native bee species are solitary and nest in the ground or in holes in trees.

These native bees have resided in the Lone Star state long before the European honeybee arrived and they are essential for the survival of native plants. Native bees are also responsible for a significant amount of pollination in agricultural and ecological systems.  

Join the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society to learn more about these amazing bees.

In 2009, the presenter became the resident Invertebrate Biologist in Wildlife Diversity for Texas Parks and Wildlife.  For six years prior to that, Warriner’s interest in bumblebees lead him to conduct field surveys of the bees, occurring in Arkansas’s remnant grasslands.

Warriner curates the website www.texasbumblebees.com, which teaches Texans how to identify the state’s nine bumblebee species.

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the NPSOT meets on the second Thursday of the month (except July and December) at the Cherry Park Community Center,  on the west side of Cherry Park in Weatherford.

The Chapter Business meeting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by social time at 6:45 p.m., with the presentation starting at 7 p.m.

The orginazation’s mission is to promote the conservation, research, and utilization of native plants and plant habitats in Texas, through education, outreach, and example. 

For more information visit the website http://npsot.org/wp/crosstimbers/ or contact Eileen Porter at 817-596-5567. The public is welcome and light refreshments will be served.