These small black bees are abundant on the landscape but easy to overlook since many are only a few millimeters long and they lack the bright colors and fuzzy appearance of bumble bees and similar genera. Most genera listed here have few noticeably hairs, and many have shiny bodies.

These important field marks show features that are definitive for a genera or sub-set of genera. Click the images to enlarge.


To identify an unknown bee, choose the most appropriate category below to narrow the options.