Bee research

There are about 25,000 bee species worldwide and they are providing essential ecosystem services as pollinators in natural and agricultural ecosystems

Bees are the most important pollinators of flowering plants and crops. Our research is based on the evolutionary history of bees and what environmental aspects effect their diversity.

The programme is focused on:
  • studying the taxonomy, systematics and biogeography of the bee genus Colletes
  • tracing the evolution and behaviour of Colletes bees
  • investigating bee species richness in the diversity 'hotspot' of the Cape of Africa
  • understanding processes in the evolution of flower specialisation in solitary bees and plant-pollinator interactions
  • running the Checklist of the Western Palaearctic Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila)

Checklist of Western Palaeartic Bees

Research entomologist
Michael Kuhlmann
Dr Michael Kuhlmann

Entomologist researching Hymenoptera particularly bees and plant-pollinator systems.

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Checklist of Western Palaeartic Bees

This website provides up to date information on the taxonomy and distribution of bees in the western Palaearctic region.