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Share your observations of plants or non-game animals with the Natural Heritage Inventory

Rare animals
Find rare and non-game animals.
Rare plants
Learn about plants on the Natural Heritage Working List.
Rare lichens
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Other features
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Contact information
For information on Wisconsin's rare vertebrate animals, contact:
Rich Staffen
Conservation Biologist
For information on Wisconsin's rare invertebrates, contact:
Jay Watson
Conservation Biologist

Wisconsin's rare ants, wasps, and bees

Ants, wasps, and bees on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List – last revised May 2016. Life history, where they are found in the state, photos and management information is available for many of these species. Please consider sharing your observations [exit DNR] with the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory

Click on the table headings to sort the table or sort taxonomically. Choose a species from the list to explore information for that animal. View the table key.
Scientific Name Common Name Global
WWAP Mapped in NHI
Colletes consors A Cellophane Bee G5 SU r-SIN N
Colletes impunctatus A Cellophane Bee G5 SU r-SIN N
Epeoloides pilosula A Cuckoo Bee GU SH r-SIN N
Epeolus ainsliei A Cuckoo Bee GNR S1 SC/N SGCN Y
Hoplitis albifrons A Leaf-cutter Bee G5 SU r-SIN N
Macropis ciliata A Mellittid Bee GNR SH r-SIN N
Lasioglossum bruneri A Sweat Bee G5 SU r-SIN N
Lasioglossum coreopsis A Sweat Bee GNR SU r-SIN N
Lasioglossum paradmirandum A Sweat Bee GNR SU r-SIN N
Lasioglossum swenki A Sweat Bee GNR SU r-SIN N
Bombus pensylvanicus American Bumble Bee G3G4 S1 SC/N SGCN Y
Andrena nigrihirta An Andrenid Bee G5 SH r-SIN N
Neolarra vigilans An Anthophorid Bee GNR S1 SC/N SGCN Y
Bombus perplexus Confusing Bumble Bee G5 S1 SC/N SGCN Y
Bombus frigidus Frigid Bumble Bee G5 S1S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Bombus insularis Indiscriminate Cuckoo Bumble Bee G3 S1S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Bombus affinis Rusty Patched Bumble Bee G2 S1 LE SC/FL SGCN Y
Bombus sandersoni Sanderson's Bumble Bee G5 S1S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Antistrophus silphii Silphium Terminal Gall Wasp GNR S2S3 SC/N SGCN Y
Bombus fervidus Yellow Bumble Bee G3G4 S2 SC/N SGCN Y
Bombus terricola Yellowbanded Bumble Bee G3G4 S1 SOC SC/N SGCN Y

Rank and status: To learn more about species rank and status, see the working list key. WWAP: (Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan): SGCN (Species of Greatest Conservation Need) and monitoring and ranking SIN (Species with Information Needs). Mapped in NHI: (Natural Heritage Inventory): Y = Observations of these species are mapped into the NHI database.

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Last revised: Thursday, December 22, 2022