May is the peak of Mining Bee diversity in Vermont, with dozens of widespread generalists that are challenging if not impossible to identify from photographs. Eventually they will all be covered here.

Genus level ID: See the Mining Bee page for tips on separating other genera.


Spring Mining Bees that are probably not identifiable from photos

Short-tongued Miner Bee (Andrena brevipalpis)

Forbes’ Mining Bee (Andrena forbesii)

Ceanothus Miner Bee (Andrena ceanothi)

Hippotes’s Miner Bee (Andrena hippotes)

Imitator Miner Bee (Andrena imitatrix)



Specialization data primarily from


The table below is a complete list (as of February 2021) of all Mining Bee species confirmed for Vermont. Links (where present) will take you to individual species pages with natural history notes, identification tips, and a map.