Bee program to be held

“People don’t seem to know very much about native species of bees. They think honeybees are native, that all bees produce honey, and that all bees live in hives.”

Randall Cass, Iowa State University Extension entomologist for honeybees and native bees, will help overcome some common misunderstandings like these about bees during his program to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Hamilton County ISU Extension Office, 311 Bank St. in Webster City.

Cass will talk about honeybees and native bees in the Iowa landscape, the latest research on bee health, as well as how beekeepers, farmers, landowners and homeowners can help promote pollinators.

Honeybees are incredibly important for the pollinating of food sources. One in three bites of food that humans take is due to the pollination of bees. Cass wants people to be aware of where pollinators live – from cavity dwellers to those that nest in prairie areas – as well as what flowers bees like to visit and how people can make a difference by planting those species.

This program is free and open to the public.