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Understorey: Abuzz with Native Bees

Wednesday 9th October / presented by Elizabeth PO’ Adrian Glamorgan

Inhabiting the Perth Region are around 80 species of native bees, highly dependent on native flora. Still more bee species are being identified by science and catalogued, with some fascinating bee behaviours being described. However, rapid destruction of local bushlands means that some species are becoming scarce, and without adequate conservation of the diverse vegetation systems of the region, are at real risk of extinction.

Dr Terry Houston is the author of last year’s publication, A Guide to Native Bees of Australia for CSIRO, a beautiful coverage of the estimated 2000 species of Australian bees. He has studied Australian native bees for more than 50 years, both in the field and in state museum collections. He served as Curator of Insects at the Western Australian Museum in Perth for 34 years and, although now retired, Dr Houston continues his research in an honorary capacity there.

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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.

Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.

RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.


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