In the western US there are dozens, if not hundreds, of Fairy Bee species, many of which are flower specialists. So far only two species have been found in Vermont - a common Goldenrod specialist and a rare Ground-cherry (Genus Physalis) specialist.

Male Eight-spotted Fairy Bee

Genus level ID – These tiny bees have a uniquely flat body with sparse, spine-like hairs. The Eight-spotted Fairy Bee has, well, 8 distinct yellow spots on the abdomen, while the Ground-cherry Fairy Bee is all black (female) or with indistinct spots (male).

 

Unless otherwise specified, photos are courtesy of Margarita Miklasevskaja at PCYU with funding from NSERC-CANPOLIN.

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