Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

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The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program designs and develops large and small scale surveys for native bees. As part of that program we also develop identification tools and keys for native bee species. One aspect of creating those tools is creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects they interact with.

Osmia near inurbana group 2, f, face, Porter co. Indiana

Osmia near inurbana group 2, f, face, Porter co. Indiana(Credit: Sam Droege, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Public domain.)

Discover Life - free on-line tools to identify species, teach and study nature's wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing, interactive encyclopedia of life with 1,385,843 species pages and 778,580 maps.

Discover Life - Identification - Start the identification process by determining the bee genus you have by using this guide

Handy Bee Manual: How to Catch and Identify Bees and Manage a Collection - A Collective and Ongoing Effort by Those Who Love to Study Bees in North America

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4,000 Ultra Hi-Res Public Domain Images from our Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab - This Flickr site is designed to provide easy access to our photographs so that they may be freely used. There is no need to ask for our permission for any use of these photographs. 

USGS Native Bee Lab - Follow us on Tumblr includes detailed information about bee species

Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory - Follow us on Instagram and enjoy our photography and stories about bees and the laboratory.


Ceratina smaragdula, male, and introduced bee, Hawaii, Oahu, March 2012(Public domain.)

Osmia aglaia, f, face, Mariposa CA

More brilliant greens, blues, and purples from the metallic mason bees of western North America. This one (O. aglaia) comes from Yosemite National Park , where Claire Kremen's group has been looking at post burn bee communities in areas of chronic burns. Photograph by Anders Croft.(Credit: Anders Croft. Public domain.)

Ceratina 14507h1, m, vietnam, face

And now....Ceratina from Asia! Vietnam to be exact. The overall shape and aspect of Ceratinaness remains but what lovely facial colors or maculations as the old literature calls them. A betting person would use the patterns of past specimens to guess that the female will have fewer maculations, but the stripe running down the center of the clypeus will remain. From the depths of the Packer Lab at York University.(Public domain.)


Monarda didyma 2, Beebalm, Howard County, MD, Helen Lowe Metzman

Monarda didyma 2, Beebalm, Howard County, MD, Helen Lowe Metzman(Credit: Sam Droege, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Public domain.)

Phidippus clarus, U, Face Redo, PG County

Phidippus clarus, Beltsville, Maryland, thanks to Charlie Davis for determination(Public domain.)

Velvet Ant, F, Face, Hot Springs Village, AR

More Velvet Ant pictures...who wouldn't want more shots of this Badass Cowkiller? This one from Arkansas sent live in the mail by our correspondent FT. Its good to have such friends. Photos by Wayne Boo.(Credit: Wayne Boo. Public domain.)

More detail may be found HERE.