California Native Plant Society|
Santa Cruz County Chapter
Monday May 13
Keying Club 5:30 pm
Presentation 7:30 pm
UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz
Bees, Flies, and Plants!
Chris Lay and Jessica Correa
While bees are certainly the most important insect pollinators, several groups of flies, including the family syrphidae, are also important and often overlooked. Using the comprehensive local pollinator collection created by Randall Morgan in the 1990s, a team of undergrads, graduate students, faculty, and staff at UCSC's Ken Norris Center for Natural History have been working for several years to identify the important pollinators found in the collection. In this presentation, we will highlight several common local bee and syrphid fly pollinators, as well as the plants that Morgan found them on. We will bring specimens from Morgan's collection and give everyone an opportunity to take a closer look through microscopes at each species. Come and learn how to identify more of our local pollinators!
Chris Lay is the Administrative Director of the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History at UC Santa Cruz. He splits his time teaching field-based natural history classes and managing the center's natural history collections. He worked closely with Randy Morgan to curate his local pollinator collection of over 70,000 specimens.
Jessica Correa is a current senior UCSC undergraduate student in Environmental Studies. Over the last year, she has helped curate and identify the syrphid flies within Morgan's pollinator collection. She is also finishing up a new field guide reference to the most common syrphids in the Santa Cruz area.