Connecticut Botanical Society Meetings

Spring Meeting 2017

March 25th, 2017

CT Forest & Parks Association headquarters
16 Meriden Rd. (Route 66), Rockfall, CT 06481

Native Plants as Insect Habitat

Charley Eiseman

Each native plant species has a suite of host-specific insects that depend on it for food.  Even allowing a single "weed" to grow in your garden can significantly increase its habitat value, and choosing to plant native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers will cause your yard to teem with life.  Using a number of common New England plants as examples, Charley will introduce us to some of these insects, their natural history, and signs of their presence to look for on their host plants.  His close-up photos will provide an unusual perspective on the tiny animals going about their lives right under our noses.

Charley Eiseman is a freelance naturalist, conducting plant and wildlife surveys for nonprofits, state agencies, and universities throughout New England. He has also co-taught an “Ecology Through Animal Tracking” course since 2004. He holds an MS from the University of Vermont's Field Naturalist Program and a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management from the University of Massachusetts. Charley is the lead author of the award-winning field guide, Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010) and is currently writing a book on leaf-mining insects. His insect-themed blog "BugTracks" can be found at


The Connecticut Forest and Park Association building is on the north side of Route 66, 2.8 miles west of the Route 9 intersection in Middletown and 4 miles east of the I-91 intersection in Meriden.


9:45 AM – Light Refreshments and Used Natural History Book Sale
10:30 AM – Announcements and raffle of Bees:  An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide by Heather Holm
11:00 AM – Guest Lecture
12 noon – Potluck lunch