From bee communities, to species ranges, and habitat requirements, this project is building an understanding of how fire-adapted habitats support bee biodiversity in the Northeastern U.S. Follow these links to learn more about resources we are using to learn more about our bees and how other partners are using information generated by this project.

Specialist Bees

Like butterflies, some bees have specific relationships with plants. Jarrod Fowler has posted some of the known associations.

Larger Impact

Sites have shared ceratina specimens with Evan Kelemen at Sandra Rehan's lab (York University) for a comparative genomics study.

Project Data

Bees collected by our sites and identified by Joan Milam, Clare Maffei, and Sam Droege will be cataloged in the Discover Life Database. (project not live yet.)

Project Results

Summary results from 2018 monitoring showed a diversity of bees across 6 families.


Links to important resources and people in the Northeast:

National and other regional resources:

Citations about bees, directly relevant to fire-adapted habitats in the Northeast U.S.:

  • Droege, S., C. A. Davis, W. E. Steiner, and J. Mawdsley. 2009. The Lost Micro-Deserts of the Patuxent River: Using Landscape History, Insect And Plant Specimens, And Field Work to Detect And Define A Unique Community. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 111:132–144.

  • Goldstein, P. Z., and J. S. Ascher. 2016. Taxonomic and Behavioral Composition of an Island Fauna: A Survey of Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 118:37–92.

  • Kalhorn, K. D., E. M. Barrows, and W. E. LaBerge. 2003. Bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes) Diversity in an Appalachian Shale Barrens. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 76:455–468.

  • Massachusetts Prescribed fire for habitat management Handbook and Handbook Appendices (lists of associated species).

  • Orr, R. L. 2010. Preliminary list of the bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Assateague Island National Seashore, Worcester County, Maryland. The Maryland Entomologist 5:41–50.

  • Selfridge, J. A., C. T. Frye, J. Gibbs, and R. P. Jean. 2017. The Bee Fauna of Inland Sand Dune and Ridge Woodland Communities in Worcester County, Maryland. Northeastern Naturalist 24:421–445.

  • Shapiro, L., and S. Droege. 2011. Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of the Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Facility and Vicinity, Calvert County, Maryland. The Maryland Entomologist 5:45–65.