Bugs invade Washington

Photo by John McCaslin

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Rappahannock, barely a cloud in the sky — a perfect day to be outdoors mingling with nature. Unless you were among the packed crowd at the Little Washington Theatre witnessing nature brought indoors for Doug Tallamy’s lecture, “Making Insects: A guide to restoring the little things that run the world.”

The author of “Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape,” Tallamy stressed the vital importance of bugs, bees and other creepy-crawly things for Earth’s survival. Here we are in 2017, he noted, and man is just beginning to learn of bees’ significance as life-sustaining pollinators. The professor of entomology at the University of Delaware, who counts 4,000 species of bees indigenous to the United States (plus one honey-bee imported from Europe), said it’s important in autumn and winter to leave some dead brush — goldenrods to rose bushes — since pollinators burrow inside small twigs and branches to nest.

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