Leafcutter Bee Workshop

10 a.m. Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Philip Carter will present this workshop in the Interpretive Center Auditorium. Registration is required and can be made by calling 334-794-3452. Free with paid gate admission ($4 for adults, $3 for kids, free for members).

While most people think of honeybees as pollinators, native bees are actually responsible for even more pollination than the European honeybee. Leafcutters are solitary, rather than existing in a hive like a honeybee. While their homes may often be near others, they do not interact with each other. All females are queens and will only sting if threatened. The queen collects pollen and nectar, lays and protects eggs. She seals each egg chamber with cut leaf bits and other leaf cutter bees honor her space. She will only lay eggs in her own home. Males fertilize the females and then die within two weeks.

19 May

Where: Landmark Park
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free with paid gate admission ($4 for adults, $3 for kids, free for park members)
Category: Adult Programs