North Carolina Botanical Garden


CANCELLED: LUNCHBOX Talk: Do Venus Flytraps Eat their Pollinators for Lunch?

with Clyde Sorenson, Alumni Associate Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, NC State University

The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


Did you know that Venus Flytraps do not “eat” the insects that pollinate them? What are these special insect pollinators, and why do they not succumb to this carnivorous plants’ predation? Bring your lunch and come learn more about this fascinating North Carolina longleaf pine savannas research from Dr. Clyde Sorenson, entomologist from NC State University.




Registration open through 3/16/2020 10:30 AM

About the Speaker

Clyde Sorenson is a self-described Army brat born in New Mexico and raised in Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Texas, and North Carolina. He has had a life-long interest in natural history and been a student of wildlife since he was a young child. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology in 1980, his M.S. in Entomology in 1984, and Ph.D. in Entomology in 1988, all from NC State University. After stints on the faculties of the University of Nevada-Reno and the University of Missouri-Columbia, he returned to join the faculty of his alma mater in 1996, in the Department of Entomology. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also conducts research on crop pest ecology and management, and on the ecology of rare and endangered plants and insects of long leaf pine savanna ecosystems. He is an avid birder, photographer, hunter, angler, and nature writer, and, to date, has identified 527 moth species at his home porch lights!

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Reeves Auditorium

Allen Education Center, Building A
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517