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Native Bugs of the Californias and the Plants that Love/Hate Them

  • Balboa Park-Casa del Prado, Room 101 1600 Village Place San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Speaker: Dr. Michael Wall, Curator of Entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum

The vast diversity of native plants in Peninsular California supports an even more vast diversity of native insects and their cousins. Michael’s presentation will focus on some of the highly specialized relationships between native plants and animals, and how those relationships fuel biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

Dr. Michael Wall, Curator of Entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum has been slowly learning about our region’s insect diversity since arriving in San Diego in 2006. Before that, he worked at the Australian Museum after getting a PhD in Entomology at University of Connecticut. Before he saw the light, he earned both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in botany at Auburn University in Alabama.

6:30-7:00pm: First Presentation:

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The San Diego Native Bee Garden: Planting and Designing a Garden for Native Bees

With Julie Serences, Xerces Society Partner in Pollinator Conservation

How do you know it’s a bee? A little solitary bee biology. What landscape design features do they need to be successful in your yard? Seasonality? Emphasis will be on specific plant and bee interactions.  What bee behaviors to look for in your landscapes?

Julie Serences is a self-taught naturalist and professional educator with over twenty-five years of experience teaching learners of all ages. She has given presentations to many diverse groups from the Cal EPA, to Master Gardeners, to local gardening clubs, to the Pesticide Applicators Professional Association. She has been giving talks about native bees for the Xerces Society for the last 8 years.  She moved to San Diego five years ago, ripped out the lawn and started a garden for native bees.

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7:00pm-7:30pm: A time for discussion, camaraderie, visiting, and enjoying the sales table.


There is no fee to attend these presentations.