#23: Crossover! Wasp Ecology with Heather Holm, from the Backyard Ecology Podcast

#72: The Nature of Viruses with Dr. Robert David Siegel Nature's Archive

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Hello everyone! Welcome to another Nature’s Archive podcast. This episode is a special one that warrants a special introduction.

Today, you are going to hear all about Wasps with award winning author Heather Holm. But rather than me interviewing Heather, this is actually an episode from the Backyard Ecology podcast. Shannon Trimboli, the creator of Backyard Ecology, and I have become fans of each other’s shows. We decided it would be fun, and hopefully valuable for our audiences, to share an episode of each other’s podcast. 

I love the concept of Backyard Ecology and want to promote the importance of backyard habitats, as I’m sure you all have picked up on. Shannon interviews authors and specialists on everything from fireflies to backyard vernal pools. Shannon is located in the eastern USA, so her guests often focus a bit more on eastern ecology, which compliments my guests which are often in the western USA.

Shannon is also a beekeeper, author, public speaker, and owner of a native plant nursery. You can see her upcoming events and details on her public speaking on her website, https://shannontrimboli.com/

As for this episode, as I mentioned, Shannon interviewed Heather Holm, who recently published the book Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants.  

Wasps get a bad rap in many circles due to a few aggressive species. However, there are actually more species of wasps than bees, the majority are solitary, many are tiny, and they all have fascinating life histories.

What I love about this episode is the deep dive into some of these fascinating life histories. You’ll learn about how they hunt, how they create and provision their nests, and much more.

If you enjoy this crossover episode, please consider subscribing to Backyard Ecology. Also, check out the show notes podcast.naturesarchive.com for direct links to Shannon’s full show notes and her website. 

Find Shannon on Facebook, and Backyard Ecology on Facebook.

Links To Topics Discussed

People and Organizations

Backyard Ecology podcast

Shannon Trimboli – author, beekeeper, public speaker, native plant nursery owner, and creator of the Backyard ecology podcast

Books and Other Things

Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants.

Note: links to books are affiliate links

Music Credits

Opening – Fearless First by Kevin MacLoed

Closing – Beauty Flow by Kevin MacLoed

Both can be obtained from https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/

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