ORBIT is part of an extended network of European Initiatives dedicated to pollinators such as Eu-PoMS (EU Pollinator Monitoring Scheme), SPRING, STING, POSHBEE, SAFEGUARD, the European Red List of Bees and national action plans for pollinators, including wild bees, butterflies, hoverflies, moths, and rare and threatened pollinator species.

The identification of bees to the species level is an essential prerequisite of all these EU Projects. Through ORBIT, the European Commission wants to make tools accessible to researchers to identify European bees.

EU Pollinator Initiative

Technical report: Expert proposal for an EU Pollinator Monitoring Scheme

SPRING: Strengthening pollinator recovery through indicators and monitoring

EMBAL: European Monitoring of Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes

Useful web sites on European Bees

Atlas Hymenoptera

Palaearctic Osmiine Bees

Checklist of the Western Palaearctic Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila)


Atlas de la faune de Suisse

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The IUCN Red Lis of Threatened Species

Faszination Wildbienen


OSMIA – Revue d’Hyménoptérologie

Journal of Hymenoptera Research