Creating Healthy Habitat for Bombus affinis, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

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Date(s) - 05/20/2018
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Maze Library


Creating Healthy Habitat for Bombus affinis, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee

Presented by Fayette Aurelia Nichols

Photo: Joan Sayres

Bumble bee health depends on good nutrition.  In 2017, Bombus affinis, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee, became our first bumble bee to be listed as federally endangered.  But it’s not alone.  Many of our pollinators are dwindling as they face a cascade of synergistic stressors.  So, how can we help them?  What will work to stabilize and rebuild their populations?  Learn what ecosystems B. affinis inhabits, the stages of its life cycle, what its habitat needs are, and what specific plants in our area offer healthy bumble bee nutrition throughout its life cycle.  By learning how to support the recovery of B. affinis, we can also safeguard many of our other pollinators. 

2 Responses to “Creating Healthy Habitat for Bombus affinis, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee”

  1. Olesya

    Is there a chance that you may be doing this class at Indian Prairie Public library (Willowbrook /Darien, IL)? We have an organic garden and are in the process of switching to all native blooming plants around the house to support pollinators. I think there would be many in the Darien area that would attend.

    • Stephanie

      Interesting question. And love that you are switching to all native plants to help out pollinators. You will be fascinated by the incredible diversity that will eventually come to your gardens. I suppose the presentation could be set up–it would have to be arranged with the speaker and the library. There is a DuPage Wild Ones,and perhaps they will have this presentation at some time. Feel free to send us an e-mail (contact us page) and see if this is something you’d like to pursue. In the meantime, we have a post dedicated to native pollinators with a list of some plants: Thanks for the question!


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