Bumble bee collection

Credit: John Gibbons, Smithsonian
August 12, 2014
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Credit: John Gibbons, Smithsonian

A tray of bumble bees from the National Museum of Natural History’s bee collection awaits digitization. The museum is digitizing all 45,000 specimens in its collection and using virtual volunteers to help transcribe important data found on each specimen’s tag. This data will help scientists studying declining bee populations in North America.