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Wasps: Misunderstood Marvels – Biodiversity University
June 11 @ 9:00 AM - June 12 @ 5:00 PM$265
Wasps; misunderstood, often maligned, and commonly underestimated. These amazing insects are vastly diverse, complex in their life cycles, and vital to our ecosystems. As pollinators, predators, and parasitoids, they fill many vital –and often overlooked– roles in the biosphere. In this course we will learn how vital these insects are, and gain a greater appreciation for them through lecture and outdoor exploration at North Branch Nature Center.
We’ll cover the basics of how to recognize families of wasps, investigate their anatomy, and delve deep into fascinating and awe-inspiring life histories. Throughout the course you will learn the interconnectedness of these vital organisms in New England ecosystems and beyond. You will leave with a greater appreciation for these fascinating insects, and be able to recognize common local families and species.
Expect to walk away with intense appreciation and awe of wasps, and to leave behind any fear or distaste for these keystone insects.