Start here to identify an unknown bee.


Step one – Is it a bee? Click here for tips on separating bees from the many different look-a-likes. This can be much harder than expected.

Step two – Use the four images below (click to enlarge) to familiarize yourself with terminology and morphological important for identification. Many of these will be used throughout this guide. Additional features are explained on subsequent pages where necessary.

Step three – Pick the group below that looks closest to the bee in question. Don’t worry if it doesn’t fit perfectly, we have included several genera in multiple categories.

Disclaimer – Some of the information we present is incomplete or experimental. We’ll be constantly improving and expanding it – please let us know if you find errors or something confusing; .