Native Predatory Wasps: Their Role as Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

Presented by Heather Holm, biologist, pollinator conservationist, and award-winning author.

Native bees and predatory wasps share the same lineage and also share many behaviors and habitat requirements. Predatory wasps feed their offspring invertebrates (insects and spiders) and bees diverged from this carnivorous diet to feed their offspring plant-based food (pollen and nectar). Flower-rich landscapes provide critical habitat for both adult bees and wasps because they each consume flower nectar. In addition, wasps need diverse, flower-rich landscapes to hunt for their prey. Heather will highlight many amazing natural history and biology facts about native wasps illustrating their nesting habitat, prey specificity, and the ecosystem services they provide – pest insect population control and pollination.

This program is supported in part by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant.

For more information: https://www.nhaudubon.org/education/exploring-connections-series/