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Bees

Blue-banded Bee
(Amegilla cingulata)
Blue-banded Bee
The Blue-banded Bee has a golden brown head, and the abdomen is striped black and pale blue. Males rest overnight clinging to plant stems. Click to continue>
Teddy Bear Bee
(Amegilla bombiformis)
Teddy Bear Bee
The Teddy Bear Bee is golden brown with dark brown bands on abdomen. It is a stocky furry looking bee closely related to the Blue-banded Bee. Teddy Bear Bees are solitary bees, although a few females may nest close together. Click to continue>
Honey Bee
(Apis mellifera)
Honey Bee
Honey Bees are introduced insects. They are dark brown with yellow bands on the abdomen. Their legs are hairy and the eyes also have hairs on them. These social insects live in large colonies. Click to continue>
Cuckoo Bee
(Thyreus caeruleopunctatus)
Cuckoo Bee
The Cuckoo Bee (Thyreus species) is a black bee with light blue patches on the back and sides. They are called cuckoo bees because they lay their eggs in the burrows of other bees. Click to continue>
Neon Cuckoo Bee
(Thyreus nitidulus)
Neon Cuckoo Bee
The Neon Cuckoo Bee is a black bee with metallic blue spots on the back and sides. They are called cuckoo bees because they lay their eggs in the burrows of other bees. Click to continue>
Sugar-bag Bee
(Trigona sp)
Sugar-bag Bee
Sugar-bag Bees are small black bees with silvery white on the underside. They collect nectar and pollen on their hind legs. Thy do not sting, hence their other common name of Stingless Bee. Click to continue>

Leafcutter Bees and Resin Bees

Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee
(Megachile rotundata)
Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee
The Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee is mainly black with light bands across the abdomen. The underside of the bee is covered with pale hairs. Females have a more pointed abdomen than the male and have a patch of white bristles under the abdomen used to carry... Click to continue>
Leafcutter Bee
(Megachile sp)
Leafcutter Bee
Leafcutter Bees are mainly black with white hairs. They cut oval pieces of leaves and put them in a crack or hole to make their nest. The cells in the nest are made of overlapping pieces of leaf capped with circular pieces. Cells are built in a row... Click to continue>
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