Agapostemon angelicus - Green Sweat Bee

  • These bright-green metallic bees are often called “Sweat Bees” because of their close relatives in Halictus and Lasioglossum, though Agapostemon are not attracted to human sweat.
  • Many species in this genus are solitary, but some nest communally where up to 24 females may share a single nest entrance while still provisioning their own brood cells.
  • Green Sweat Bees are considered generalists, or polylectic, meaning they will forage on a wide variety of floral resources. 

 

Bombus ternarius - Tri-colored Bumble Bee

  • This bee is commonly found in the north eastern part of the United States west to North Dakota, and up into the Canadian Great Plains.
  • Bumble bees are social insects with annual colonies; a queen typically lives for one year and will die off with all her workers at the end of the season while a new queen overwinters in the ground.
  • These bees are capable of “buzz pollination,” a process where the bee uses her flight muscles to vigorously shake her entire body which causes the flower to release more pollen.

Halictus ligatus - Sweat Bee

  • Halictus ligatus is very widespread; it is found from the Atlantic across to the Pacific and southern Canada down to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The genus Halictus consists of ground nesting bees and can exhibit solitary or semisocial behaviors. This particular species has been known to create very elaborate nests.
  • These bees are found foraging on a wide range of floral resources, and are therefore considered “generalists.”

 

Epicauta sp. - Blister Beetle

  • Adults are commonly found foraging on the leaves & flowers of plants within Asteraceae, Fabaceae and Solanaceae, while the parasitoid larvae use grasshopper eggs as their host.
  • Within the genus Epicauta there are ~173 species found in North & Central America, and ~400 species worldwide.

Anthophora walshii - Walsh's Anthophora

  • A. walshii has been observed foraging on several flowers including species in the Aster, Mint, and Pea Families.
  • These robust bees are typically seen flying in the central United States during the summer months.
  • Anthophora species are solitary digger bees that nest along flat ground or in vertical banks; some nest in aggregates, meaning females excavate & care for their own nest in close proximity to others. 

Melissodes rivalis - Long-horned Bee

  • Melissodes sp. are long-horned bees commonly called “Callirhoe” or “Sunflower” bees, due to their observed foraging habits.
  • Bees of this genus range throughout North America, and typically nest in the ground.
  • Female Melissodes sp. have dense scopal hairs on their hind tibia for pollen transport.

 

Anastoechus - Bee Fly

  • Bee flies of the genus Anastoechus are parasites of grasshopper egg pods.
  • Most species of the genus Anastoechus are confined to the western Unites States, although one species, Anastoechus barbatus, ranges throughout the U.S.
  • Adult Anastoechus are common visitors to plants in the aster family.

Eristalis stipator - Yellow-shouldered Drone Fly

  • Yellow-shouldered Drone Flies are aquatic filter feeders commonly referred to as “rat-tailed maggots”. 
  • Eristalis stipator ranges throughout the United States, and in warmer climates can be found throughout the year.
  • Adult Eristalis, including Eristalis stipator, bear some resemblance to male honeybees, which is why they are called “Drone Flies”.

Megachile latimanus - Broad-handed Leaf-cutter Bee

  • Females of the Broad-handed Leaf-cutter bee use pieces of leaves, which they cut using their mandibles, to construct brood cells within their nests.
  • Like all female Megachile, Megachile latimanus transports pollen back to its nest on the underside of its abdomen.
  • Megachile latimanus is a ground nesting species, unlike the majority of Megachile, which nest in natural cavities such as those made by wood-boring beetles.