Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum spp.)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Sweat Bee.
Updated: 4/16/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.