Bee identification can be very hard, but that doesn't mean all bees are hard to recognize. Below are 8 common species that are quite distinctive. Think of these as the cardinals and chickadees of the bee world.
Not included are honey bees and the bumble bees, which are another group that, with practice, can be relatively straightforward to identify. See our bumble bee ID resources here.
The text for each species below includes the necessary features for a confident ID of females and a sentence or two about when and where to find them. In most cases, males are harder to ID and/or have a different set of distinctive features. Click each box for more information. Several of these species are probably present in most every VT neighborhood. Can you find all 8 next season?!?