Our mission is to provide information about the bees present in New England including diversity, ecology, flower preference, and flower ecology in order to increase understanding and awareness of pollinators and the services they provide.
This new guide is an authoritative tool for learning about our rich and varied bumble bee fauna. This field guide will enable people to identify, name, and further explore the colorful and charming bumble bees. This guide encourages exploring nature firsthand from a new perspective. As one young scientist said, “I really like bumble bees because they are so fuzzy and cute. It’s hard not to like them.” With the Guide to Eastern Bumble Bees, we not only admire the Bombus of the East, we can also identify, understand, and support them as well. Like the canary in the coal mine, several bumble bees of the eastern region (Bombus terricola, Bombus pensylvanicus, and especially Bombus affinis) have declined dramatically across their former wide distributions in the past decade. With the proper identification tools, students and citizen scientists can help professional entomologists track their populations and learn why we are losing these essential pollinators.
Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D.
International Coordinator North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
(NAPPC), Co-author of “The Forgotten Pollinators”
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. Xerces takes its name from the now extinct Xerces Blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the first butterfly known to go extinct in North America as a result of human activities.