The mountains of north central Washington contain a variety of habitat types, from shrubsteppe to high alpine meadows. While native bee surveys of some surrounding areas like the Columbia Basin are fairly complete, little work has been done in the mountains of north central Washington to document the diversity of bees found therein. We conducted a survey of native bees in the Tonasket Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest during summer 2004. Collections yielded a diverse bee fauna (140 species in 24 genera) visiting diverse floral elements (57 plant species in 18 families). These preliminary data suggest that a rich bee fauna exists in the Okanogan Basin and surrounding mountains.
Wilson, Joseph S.; Wilson, Lindsey E.; Loftis, Larry D.; and Griswold, Terry
"The montane bee fauna of north central Washington, USA, with floral associations,"
Western North American Naturalist: Vol. 70
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/vol70/iss2/6