Zach Portman

Joined: Sep 01, 2016 Last Active: Feb 02, 2023 iNaturalist

I am a professional bee taxonomist at the University of Minnesota. My day job is literally identifying bees. I have done some work on the genus Perdita and described 9 new species in that group. I also recently made a mess of of the taxonomy of US Augochloropsis.

On iNaturalist I mostly just stick to bumblebees.

I am happy to help ID interesting bees, especially midwestern bumblebees. Feel free to tag or message me for those. However, be aware that I get many messages and requests to ID things and if you send a big laundry list of things to ID I likely wont respond.

I also have some iNaturalist projects that I enjoy very much and you are welcome to join and contribute to:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/bees-concentrating-nectar
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nesting-bees
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/mating-bees
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sleepy-bee-slumber-parties

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