Washington Native Bee Society
May 25th, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
David Cappaert - Pollination biology of the Willamette daisy: implications for conservation of an endangered prairie plant
May 25th, 2023 at 7:30pm on Zoom
The Willamette daisy (Erigeron decumbens) is an endangered species with just a few small populations in the Willamette Valley. The Institute for Applied Ecology has been instrumental in investigating what this species requires for successful recovery. In our presentation, we focus on pollination. To what extent does E. decumbens require pollinators? Is pollen a limiting resource for the plant’s reproduction? What bee, fly, and beetle species visit E. decumbens, and how do these populations vary by site and sampling year?
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Hunt's Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii) Image by Joe Dlugo
David Cappaert is an educator, photographer, and research entomologist with a background in invasive species, biological control, and recently, bee taxonomy. He is particularly interested in creating ID resources that translate technical keys into language that makes sense to non-specialists.