125 – Lila Westreich – The Secret Life of Mason Bees

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Many of us put mason bees out in our backyard or farm. But when they leave the nest, do you know where they are going to forage? In this episode we hear how a sleuthing graduate student in Seattle is beginning to piece together a picture of what resources these bees are actually using.

Lila Westreich is a PhD candidate at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA in the Department of Environment and Forest Sciences. She has a B.S. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the effect of varying landscape composition on the solitary mason bee, Osmia lignaria. Her research with mason bees was previously featured on Episode 74.

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