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Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Sweat Bee



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Sweat Bees earn their name thanks to the vast amounts of pollinating they do and an affinity for salty perspiration.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Sweat Bees are hard-working and mission-orientated. The fine bristles on the body of a Sweat Bee help the workers collect pollen. They do not make honey. Bees get covered in the small pollen grains, coloring their yellow and black bodies. Each worker unloads its haul back at the nest. Nests can be found in the ground. Look for holes or tunnels and give them a wide berth. Females sting if brushed against or agitated. Removing the stinger as soon as possible reduces the amount of bee venom that gets into the wound. This type of bee often rests on sweaty arms, legs, and necks. The salt mineral is the main attraction and after drinking, the bee flies off. Swatting at one can induce it to sting, so look at what causes a tickle before smacking at it.

Sweat Bees 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.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hymenoptera
        Family: Halictidae
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          Genus: Lasioglossum
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Lasioglossum spp.
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 14mm (0.15" to 0.55")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black
Descriptors: hairy, fuzzy, small
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 4mm (0.2in) and 14mm (0.6in)
Lo: 4mm
Md: 9mm
Hi: 14mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Sweat Bee may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Sweat Bee. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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