One Week (Virtual) Insect University 2020

This year’s One Day Insect University morphed to a  virtual, five-day event!
One Week Insect U presenters
InsectU was co-sponsored by the OSU Department of Entomology and Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens with support from NIFA’s IPM Pollinator Health grant and the Manitou Fund. Many thanks to our presenters for a fantastic webinar series!





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Jamie Strange

OSU Department of Entomology


Conserving Bumble Bees Across North America Forgotten But Not Gone: The Rusty Patched Bumble Bee documentary featuring Jamie Strange and other bumble experts

Patterns of Widespread Decline in North American Bumble Bees (2011)

Community Science links: Bumble Bee Watch,  Queen Quest

Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States

Identify Ohio Bumble Bees with Dr. Jessie Novotny, Webinar 1 and Webinar 2

Strange lab website

USFWS rusty patched bumble bee web site

Xerces Society bumble bee conservation

Bumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce

Heather Holm

Books by Heather Holm Creating and Enhancing Native Bee Habitat in Your Garden EcoBeneficial Interview: Bees and Native Forage with Heather Holm

Specialist Bees with Heather Holm, ELA webinar 2020

Solitary Bees with Heather Holm, OSU webinar 2020

Heather’s stem-nesting graphic

Plants for specialist bees, Specialist Bees: Fowler and Droege

Heather on iNaturalist

Chicago’s Lurie Garden

To learn more about native plants: plant lists

Audubon native plant database

Pollinator Partnership ecoregional plant guides

Olivia Carril

The Bees in Your Backyard Dreaming of World Bees: Steps We Can All Take to Ensure A Bee-utiful Future The Bees of Grand Staircase documentary featuring Olivia Carril and Joe Wilson

Wild bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, paper by Olivia Carril et al

Common Bees of Eastern North America by Olivia Carril and Joe Wilson….coming in 2021

The Bees in Your Backyard poster

The Bees in Your Backyard laminated field guide

Papers referenced:

Patterns of Widespread Decline in North American Bumble Bees (2011)

Decline of bumble bees in northeastern North America, with special focus on Bombus terricola

Plant-Pollinator Interactions over 120 Years: Loss of Species, Co-Occurrence, and Function

Documenting Persistence of Most Eastern North American Bee Species (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) to 1990–2009

Climate and land-cover change alter bumblebee species richness and community composition in subalpine areas

Effects of climate change on phenologies and distributions of bumble bees and the plants they visit

Response diversity of wild bees to overwintering temperatures

Predicted fates of ground-nesting bees in soil heated by wildfire: Thermal tolerances of life stages and a survey of nesting depths

Impacts of climate change on the world’s most exceptional ecoregions

Multiple stressors on biotic interactions: how climate change and alien species interact to affect pollination

Mortality and Flowering of Great Basin Perennial Forbs after Experimental Burning: Implications for Wild Bees

Reduced species richness of native bees in field margins associated with neonicotinoid concentrations in non-target soils

Negative effects of pesticides on wild bee communities can be buffered by landscape context


Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on the Nesting Dynamics of Desert Bees

Alien plants have greater impact than habitat fragmentation on native insect flower visitation networks

Country-specific effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees and wild bees

Jennifer Thieme

Monarch Joint Venture Monarch Biology and Conservation: The 10,000 Foot Overview Monarch Biology

Monarch Joint Venture publications

Pollinator Plants of the Great Lake Region from The Xerces Society

Nectar Plants of the Great Lakes Region from The Xerces Society

ODNR (Ohio) Milkweeds and Monarchs

Mixed-Species Gardens Increase Monarch Oviposition without Increasing Top-Down Predation

Q & A responses from Jennifer’s webinar

Doug Tallamy

Doug Tallamy’s Hub Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard Gardening for Life: Why We Need Biodiversity

Tallamy’s Best Bets: plants for moths and butterflies

Doug’s book titles

The Nature of Oaks (new title out in March 2021

Doug Tallamy’s research publications

Do Cultivars of Native Plants Support Insect Herbivores?

Comparing native plants: straight species vs. cultivars, Dr. Annie White

WWF: Two-thirds of wildlife have vanished since 1970

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

Finding plants:

NWF plant finder

Audubon native plant database

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Evaluate each webinar after-the-fact here.