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Species List - Bees of New York

Downloadable Species List - Bees of New York – Bees are categorized by species, subgenus, family, and subfamily. Additional info in the form of life history notes, conservation status, and references make this an invaluable tool. Special thanks to Bryan Danforth for organizing this information.

The total number of bee species in New York State is estimated to be 416 species in 47 genera. We assembled this list of New York bees using the American Museum of Natural History’s “Arthropod Easy Capture” database (Schuh et al. 2010, Schuh 2012). Data on New York bees were collected as part of an NSF-funded research grant to John Ascher, Jerome Rozen, Jr., and Douglas Yanega entitled “Collaborative Databasing of North American Bee Collections within a global informatics network.” Specimen records come from major North American insect collections, including American Museum of Natural History, Cornell University, University of Connecticut, and Rutgers (in the eastern US) and UC Riverside, USDA-ARS Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory at Utah State University, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, California State Collection of Arthropods, Los Angeles County Natural History Museum (in the western US). We supplemented the list with regional (e.g., Giles & Ascher 2006, Matteson et al. 2008, Feteridge et al. 2008, Ascher et al. 2014) and crop-based (e.g., Russo et al. 2015) surveys of bee diversity in New York. Notes on the biology and distribution of these bee species can be found at the Discover Life website. Note that this is likely an incomplete list of New York bees because no state survey has ever been conducted on the wild bees of New York State.


  • Ascher, J.S., S. Kornbluth, and R.G. Goelet (2014). Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) of Gardiners Island, Suffolk County, New York. Northeastern Naturalist 21(1): 47-71.
  • Feteridge, E.D., J.S. Ascher, G.A. Langellotto (2008). The bee fauna of residential gardens in a suburb of New York City (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). Annals the Entomological Society of America 101(6): 1067-1077 
  • Giles, V., and J.S. Ascher (2006). A survey of the bees of the Black Rock Forest Preserve, New York. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 15: 208-231.
  • Matteson, K.C., J.S. Ascher, and G.A. Langellotto (2008). Bee richness and abundance in New York city urban gardens. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 101: 140-150.
  • Russo, L., M.G. Park, J. Gibbs, B.N. Danforth (2015). The challenge of accurately documenting bee species richness in agroecosystems: bee diversity in eastern apple orchards. Ecology and Evolution 5(17): 3531-3540.
  • Schuh, R.T. (2012). Integrating specimen databases and revisionary systematics. Zookeys 209: 255-267.
  • Schuh, R.T., S. Hewson-Smith, and J.S. Ascher (2010). Specimen databases: a case study in entomology using web-based software. American Entomologist 56(4): 206-216.