As the name implies, this bee is a specialist on Waterleaf. In Vermont, this means Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) which is a woodland flower that blooms in June.

 

Female Waterleaf Mining Bee ©Spencer Hardy

Identification: Moderately sized and hairy – best identified in conjunction with its host flower.

Similar Species:

Global Status: Not Ranked

Vermont Status: Not Ranked

 

For more information, visit the following links:

Discover Life
Living Atlas Species Page

Distribution: 

To see the global distribution, check out the iNaturalist account, and toggle the GBIF layer on the map. This map shows both Virginia Waterleaf (green) and Waterleaf Miner (blue).