How Solitary Bees Bring on the Bloom
NOTE: This is a past program

Sacramento Splash invites you to attend the October 30th Love of Learning program where UC Davis professor emeritus Dr. Robbin Thorp will present How Solitary Bees Bring on the Bloom.   Please join us for this quarterly event at Splash when we get to indulge our love of learning in the company of other learners: donors, volunteers, and Splash staff and board members. Donors will be treated to a potluck hosted by Splash from 6:30 – 7:30 followed by Dr. Thorp’s presentation from 7:30 – 8:30 PM.

California’s vernal pools bedazzle visitors with their colorful displays of wildflowers each spring.  The flowers grab our attention but they are designed to attract pollinating insects, especially certain solitary bees.  The lives of Solitary Bees are so different from the honey bees we know; their lives are entwined with very specific species of plants.  Several species of native bees collect pollen from a single species to raise their young.  In the process of gathering pollen, these bees inadvertently transfer it from one flower to another of the same species, allowing the plant to produce seeds. Those seeds give rise to the spectacular spring bloom across the vernal pool prairies of the Sacramento Valley.

The amazing story of solitary bees is the specialty of our featured speaker – Robbin Thorp, Professor Emeritus at UC Davis. Dr. Thorp initiated research on native bees and flowers of the vernal pool ecosystem shortly after joining the faculty at University of California, Davis in 1964. He has continued his studies since his retirement in 1994. Robbin loves Beeing in the Buzz Biz and, he claims, will talk about bees to anyone who will listen! What you hear will blow your mind.

Over the years Robbin and his students have paid close attention to several species of solitary bees that live around vernal pools.  The choreography of native solitary bees and flowers is jaw-droppingly cool.  Your eyes will open up to new miracles that are happening all around us.  Life among the flowers will never be the same once you know what you are witnessing.