Know Your Native Bees!

There are more than 4000 species of bees native to North America, but nearly everything written about “bees” or “bee declines” is only about the non-native European honeybee.

Spend some time getting to know THESE bees in your garden. You can download the poster and a description of the bees at: Native Bees Poster 2011

1. Macropis nuda.

2. Agapostemon texanus. US sweat bee

3. Peponapis pruinosa. Squash and gourd bees

4. Bombus impatiens. The Impatient Bumble Bee

5. Osmia lignaria. The Blue Orchard Bee

6. Hylaeus sp.

7. Habropoda laboriosa. The Southeastern Blueberry Bee

8. Xylocopa varipuncta. The Valley Carpenter Bee

9. Bombus morrisoni. Morisson’s bumble bee

10. Perdita minima.

11. Xylocopa virginica. Eastern Carpenter Bee

12. Bombus vosnessenskii.

13. Bombus affinis.

14. Megachile sp. Leafcutter bees

15. Andrena cornelli. Miner bees

16. Anthophora centriformis. Digger bees, or anthophorids

17. Nomada sp. The Wandering Cuckoo Bee

18. Augochorella pomoniella. Sweat bees

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