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Useful Resources for Bee Education and Identification


  • “Common Bees of Eastern North America” by Olivia Messinger Carril and Joseph S. Wilson. This book provides detailed descriptions of all bee families and common bee genera on the East Coast, with photos and written notes to help with identification.

  • “The Bees in your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees” by Olivia Messinger Carril and Joseph S. Wilson. This book is similar but includes bee species that inhabit all regions of the North American range.

Online Resources:

  • “The Very Handy Bee Manual” developed primarily by Sam Droege is a useful resource that discusses bee specimen collection and management, including some of the sampling methods we used (i.e., netting and bee bowls). Scanning the QR code with your phone camera will take you to a PDF copy of this resource!

  • iNaturalist is an online database where citizen scientists can upload photos of flora and fauna, which then get identified by other iNaturalist users. We used this source to identify bumble bee species photographed in the field! You can create an account or just browse at this link:

  • Check out all our observations of bumble bees on our iNaturalist page here!

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