Mapping Wasps and Their Plant Hosts in Australia

From the Field posts

Invertebrate Zoology Division Chair and Curator James Carpenter joins Dennis Stevenson of the New York Botanical Garden on a Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition to Australia in search of pollen wasps, their host plants, and the ways they might be adapted to each other.

Map of Wasp Expedition

Along the way, they discover a new pollen wasp species, Paragia ozoe, and a plant family, Proteaceae, previously unknown to host wasp pollinators. The rare teaming of zoologist and botanist underscores the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and of building scientific collections.