This is a common and distinctive fall bee. Most often associated with goldenrod, it is occasionally found on related flowers (and even sometimes plants in the mint family).

 Identification: Both males and females are all yellow, with long hairs. Late in the season, they can become faded and worn, making ID a bit trickier.

Similar Species: Compare the rare Goldenrod Cellophane Bee (Colletes solidaginis) which is smaller and holds its wings parallel to its body when foraging.

Known or Suspected Parasites: Neighborly Nomad (Nomada vicina)

Global Status: Not Ranked

Vermont Status: Not Ranked


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Distribution: To see the global distribution, check out the iNaturalist account, and toggle the GBIF layer on the map.