BeeSpotter is a partnership between citizen-scientists and the professional science community designed to educate the public about pollinators by engaging them in a data collection effort of importance to the nation. It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to baseline information on population status of these insects.
The goals of Beespotter are to:
The use of photography for identification, instead of the net, pin, and spreading board of traditional entomology, is consistent with the goal of preserving bee diversity and enhancing pollinator appreciation.
A couple of notes for those who are new to the BeeSpotter website: