All three species of Blunt-Horn Bee known from the eastern US could occur in Vermont. This genus appears similar to both Mining Bees and Cellophane Bees. Any medium-large and hairy bee on the appropriate host plant should be extensively photographed.
A specialist on He-Huckleberry (Lyonia ligustrina) which is a wetland shrub found sporadically in southern Vermont.
A cranberry specialist.
A specialist on Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum), which in Vermont is a very rare shrub limited to rocky southern slopes.
A very rare kleptoparasite of Blunt-Horned Bees. If you manage to find one of the above species, be on the lookout for this wasp looking bee.
Unless otherwise specified, photos are courtesy of Michael Veit.
A good key to the three New England species can be found here. Some, but probably not all, will be identifiable from photos, though the associated flower is a good clue. The hard part is finding the bees – take lots of photos if find one!
This map shows host plants (not including cranberry) as well as any future Blunt-Horned Bee records.
Please note that many of our datasets have not been published yet, so the maps are incomplete.