Native bees in Delaware: Cocreators of Delaware's native plants

  • South Coastal Library 43 Kent Avenue Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States

Sam Droege

Everyone knows the honeybee, but how many are aware of the hundreds of species of native bees that live in this state? Bees pollinate native plants as well as important crops.  For free. They range in size from half a grain of rice to hefty carpenter bees; most do not sting; and they are more common and more beautiful than most of the butterfly species. Droege will tell how to make your property bee friendly.

Sam Droege grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland, received an undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, and earned a master’s degree at the State University of New York, Syracuse. Most of his career has been spent at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He has coordinated the North American Breeding Bird Survey Program; developed the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, the Bioblitz, Cricket Crawl, and FrogwatchUSA programs; and worked on the design and evaluation of monitoring programs. Droege is developing an inventory and monitoring program for native bees and online identification guides for North American bees at With Eric Ross, he is also reviving the North American Bird Phenology Program.