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Presented By Department of Entomology, University of Illinois
Goal Gather information on the population status of bees.
Task Go outside with a camera & capture photos of honey/bumble bees.
Where Illinois, United States of America, Indiana, United States of America, Missouri, United States of America, Ohio, United States of America

BeeSpotter needs volunteers to go outside with a camera or smartphone and capture quality photos of bees! Researchers at the University of Illinois are trying to better understand bee demographics in the Midwestern states of Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, & Ohio, and they need your help. Your data will become part of a nationwide effort to gather baseline information on the population status of these important pollinators.

BeeSpotter is a partnership between citizen scientists and the professional science community. The project is designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation.

How to Join

To submit your bee pictures, just create an account ( and add your bee spotting (

Project Timing Bees are typically foraging during the spring, summer, and fall.
Social Media
Materials List Computer or smartphone (to upload photos), Camera or smartphone (to capture photos)
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity While fishing, On a hike, At home, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Training Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags bee-friendly garden, bee mimics, bee stings, bumble bee, bumble bee keys, ccd, colony collapse disorder, girl scouts, honey, honey bee, honey bee keys, illinois, may berenbaum, missouri, native plants, ohio, pollinators, university of illinois
Project Updated 05/23/2018