Utah State University Extension
Utah is a superb place for beginning bee enthusiasts. Over 1,000 species of native bees exist in Utah (Cane, 2015). Southern Utah alone has approximately the same number of bee species as the entire eastern U.S. coast. There are many reasons for appreciating bees and encouraging their presence in the landscape. Specifically, bees are key to a sustainable environment as they are essential pollinators of food and fiber crops. Bees can also be appreciated for their striking diversity in color and size. This fact sheet highlights the different bee species that you may see in Utah.
Zesiger, Cody; Cohen, Elizabeth; Jarvis, Hannah; Spears, Lori R.; and Ramirez, Ricardo, "Beginner's Guide to Common Native Bees" (2021). All Current Publications. Paper 2193.