First Let's Discover
The University of Arizona Insect Collection (UAIC) maintains thousands of native bee specimens, representing 5 families (Andrenidae, Apidae, Colletidae, Halicitidae, and Megachilidae), 65 genera, and approximately 520 species. Many more species await discovery as we focus our energy on re-curating the native bee collection, processing our unidentified material, and targeting new specimen acquisitions. The collection itself and associated identification tools we are building will help researchers to understand and monitor the health of native bees of the Sonoran Desert Region.
The Tucson Bee Collaborative is generating species-specific DNA sequences to allow for species to be more easily discovered, distinguished, and identified.
To explore all of the sequences we have published to date, visit our Barcode of Life dataset here.
Following best practices as outlined in the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program, researchers and volunteers at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are undertaking a survey and inventory of native bees.
In collaboration with general biology students at Pima Community College, the Tucson Bee Collaborative is DNA-barcoding the ASDM specimens. The DNA barcodes are published on the Barcode of Life Database and the voucher specimens are deposited in the University of Arizona Insect Collection.