The quintessential bee is a big, fuzzy, yellow critter. While all bees have at least some hairs, the genera below are the subset from Vermont that appear hairy. Most are relatively large.
These field marks show features that are definitive for a genus or sub-set of genera. Click the images to enlarge.
Pollen carrying hairs on abdomenUnique to family Megachilidae (Leafcutters, Masons, Wool Carder, etc)
S-shaped 2nd recurrent veinOnly found on Cellophane Bees (can be tricky to see)
Hairy facial foveaeOnly present on female Mining Bees (Andrena)
Plumose hind tibiaUnique to female long-horned bees
Extremely long antennaMale long-horned bees
Bare corbicula on hind tibiaUnique to honey bees and non-parasitic female bumble bees
Brightly colored front legsDistinctive to a subset of male leafcutter bees (Megachile)
To identify an unknown bee, choose the most appropriate category below to narrow the options.