North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product
Spring Wild Bees of Wisconsin Online Identification Guide
With more than 500 species native to Wisconsin, wild bees play an essential role in pollinating the state's food crops, and farmers are becoming more interested in learning about all the different kinds that buzz around their fields each season.
Developed with support from NCR-SARE, the Spring Wild Bees of Wisconsin online guide is designed to help users identify wild bees commonly found in Wisconsin in the spring and early summer by their color, shape, size, and habitat. Users can learn to distinguish among different types of bees and learn about the important roles they play in nature and agriculture.
The user identifies bees using either picture matching or a dichotomous key. With picture matching, users select the pictures that look most like the bee they see. With the dichotomous key, users will be asked a series of questions about the bee in question, and the guide will assist in identifying the correct type.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) GNC10-142, Can Wild Bees Meet Pollination Needs in Apples?: Determining the Efficacy of Native Bees and Their Contribution to Pollination.
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Visit the website: http://energy.wisc.edu/bee-guide/
These products were developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within these products do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.