Sweat Bees earn their name thanks to the vast amounts of pollinating they do .
Sweat Bees are hard-working and mission-orientated. They pollinate a variety of plants in urban, suburban and rural areas. They can be found in parks, backyard gardens and open fields. They are most active in the late spring and summer months. Though they do not make honey, they are workhorses that help plants of all kinds reproduce in a variety of environments.
The fine bristles on the body of a Sweat Bee help the workers collect more pollen. They get covered in the small grains and unload their harvest back at the nest. Nests can be found in the ground. Look for holes or tunnels and give them a wide berth. females will sting if brushed against or agitated.
Scientific Name: Lasioglossum spp.
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 14mm (0.16in to 0.55in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.