The Tucson Bee Collaborative

The UA Insect Collection has a special relationship with the Tucson Bee Collaborative.  With over 700 species of native bees, the Sonoran Desert Region is predicted to be home to one of the greatest diversities of bee species in the world!  We need them, and in many cases, we don't even know their name.  The Tucson Bee Collaborative is a partnership effort to increase awareness of Tucson’s exceptional bee diversity, and to empower future scientists by engaging them in research activities.   Researchers, students, teachers, artists, photographers, and citizen scientists are working together to understand and monitor the health of native bees of the Sonoran Desert Region. Our partnerships cultivate awareness, understanding, and appreciation of biodiversity — one bee at a time.