WiBee: The Wisconsin Wild Bee App

Bee Season Updates

What is The WiBee App?

WiBee (pronounced Wee-bee) is a new smartphone app developed by the Gratton Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We invite growers and interested community members to use the app during the growing season to collect high quality data on wild bee abundance and diversity on Wisconsin’s fruit and vegetable farms, as well as non-crop habitats.

With your help, we can provide growers with better pollination management recommendations specific to individual farms and share more information about the diversity, abundance and value of Wisconsin’s wild bees.

Whether you are a gardener, grower, student, or just interested in bees, you can contribute to WiBee.

Download the App

The WiBee App is publicly available for anyone to use

Explore the data

All of the data collected using the WiBee app can be viewed in our Data Dashboard.  Filter by location, user ID, date, habitat type, or plant species.

Learn how to get started

  1. Learn to identify our 5 groups of bees and distinguish them from other non-bee insects that visit flowers.
  2. Read our one-page protocol on how to collect high quality data.
  3. Download the app. In the app, take a short Bee Photo ID Quiz to check your identification skills.
  4. Get started surveying bees!
  5. Once you start submitting bee surveys, you can explore your data in the app and see regional data on our public WiBee data dashboard.

The 2021 results are coming in!

Read our quick summaries of the 2021 bee data for all habitats combined, or focus on particular crops or the most commonly surveyed wildflowers and ornamentals.