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Jan. 31, 2017 - "Maryland Native Bees" by Gene Scarpulla

posted Jan 17, 2017, 7:27 AM by Bowie-Crofton Gardener
 Gene Scarpulla is an Associate at the Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory (BIML) at the 
beePatuxent Wildlife Research Center where he surveys and identifies native bees and wasps.  Gene is also the Journal Editor for Maryland Birdlife and The Maryland Entomologist.  In 2011, he retired after 30 years with the City of Baltimore’s Reservoir Natural Resources Section, serving his last 8 years as the City’s Watershed Manager.  

In 1996, Gene began conducting weekly bird surveys on Hart-Miller Island in the Chesapeake Bay.  Then he added butterflies to the surveys, then dragonflies and damselflies, and then other insects.  In 2008, Gene was approached by
 the head of BIML to conduct bee surveys on Hart-Miller Island.  He has been hooked on native bees ever since, conducting various surveys and giving talks/walks for a variety of natural science-oriented groups.