Beginning March 20, the Library will showcase Native Bees of San Diego County, an exhibit that takes a closer look at the intricate world of these ecologically important insects through a plethora of information about the history of California bees.
A portion of the exhibit includes an interactive display of bee photographs taken under the microscope, but the highlight is a collection of bee specimens from San Diego’s coast, desert, and mountain areas collected by James Hung over a three-year period. Hung donated some of the specimens he amassed to the Library in 2014 while pursuing his Ph.D. at UC San Diego. Since donating his collection to the Library, Hung and his colleagues have updated the San Diego County bee inventory to 700 species including about 70 taxonomically challenging ones, making San Diego a truly biodiversity hotspot for bees.
This exhibit will be on display in the Biomedical Library Building breezeway from March 20 through May 30. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Scott Paulson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 822-5758.