Washington Native Bee Society
March 31, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
Chris Looney - Washington's Invasive Bumble Bees
March 24th ay 7:30pm on Zoom
Bombus impatiens, the common eastern bumble bee, is the first bumble bee established outside of its native range in North America. Native to the eastern portion of the continent, the species was imported to British Columbia in the early 2000s for greenhouse pollination and subsequently became established in the wild. Chris will talk about the continuing expansion of its range in the Pacific Northwest.
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Chris Looney currently manages the entomology laboratory and arthropod collection for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. He became interested in bugs as an undergraduate when he realized that there are so many different species of insects that he would never have to work on the same one twice. His graduate work documented insect biodiversity at the Hanford Site and on the Palouse in Washington State. His current projects include exploring global diversity of rose-galling wasps, the biology of giant hornets, and the ecological impacts of Bombus impatiens in Cascadia.