Bees! Diversity, Evolution and Conservation

Bees! Diversity, Evolution and Conservation

September 27, 2019 – June 1, 2020
Museum of the Earth

Come explore a realm often overlooked – the incredible world of bees! Investigate their ancient origins, their immense diversity, and the ever-evolving drama between flowers and pollinators. There are over 20,000 bee species, from the newly rediscovered Wallace's Giant Bee and the carnivorous vulture bee to the fuzzy backyard bumblebee. Bees have many unique lifestyles -- some live in solitary nests or social colonies, some are parasitic, and some nest in the ground, wood, or stems. Get an up-close view of bee anatomy and behaviors while learning how different species nest, interact, and forage. Find out how humans depend on pollination for our most nutritious and flavorful foods, especially here in New York! Explore high resolution macro photography, fossil and modern bee specimens, videos, interactives, and engaging activities for younger visitors. Become an advocate for bees and discover how they impact our world – and how you can help protect them.

This exhibit was developed and designed in conjunction with Bryan Danforth, Chair and Professor of the Department of Entomology at Cornell University and author of the book, The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation. The exhibit was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Tompkins County Tourism Program.