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Attract native bees to your garden

Learn how to attract native bees to your garden

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History pubic programming
Join the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History for a public program, “Bee Gardens” with Insect Collections Manager Virginia Scott at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17.  The program is at the museum in the Henderson Building at 15th Street and Broadway.  It is free and open to the public.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Collections Manager Virginia Scott’s talk will focus on the benefits of native bees and how to attract them to your backyard. Scott explains “Colorado’s Front Range supports more than 500 species of bees that come in a rainbow of colors from orange to yellow to green, blue, brown and black adding color, diversity and flavor to every garden.” She adds “With a little help from us, bees can be enticed to live in our gardens and enhance our lives.” You will learn about the diversity and habits of these lovely creatures. Some visit a wide range of flowers and fly all summer long whileothers specialize, visiting only one kind of flower and can be found only when that plant is in bloom. Some are social, some not and some are parasitic.  All are beautiful.
Virginia Scott along with John Ascher, Terry Griswold and Cesar Nufio recently released a natural history inventory of Colorado bees, entitled “The Bees of Colorado (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila).” Free download.

Limited parking is available to the public in lot #208 on the south side of the museum. After 5 p.m. the cost is $3 at this and all CU parking lots.

For more information about the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, to receive invitations to exhibit openings, sign up for museum updates or to become a museum member visit: or call 303.492.6892.

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