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Solitary Ground Bee

These solitary bees can become urban nuisance pests when they nest in large numbers near structures, and they can sting.

  • Common Name: Solitary Ground or Cavity Nesting Bee
  • Scentific Name: various
  • Class/Order/Family: Insecta/Hymenoptera/Andrenidae, Colletidae, Halictidae
  • Metamorphosis: Complete
  • Size


    Females and males are about 1/8-3/4" long; females usual 1-2 mm longer than males of the same species.

  • Color


    Usually dark, some metallic, some with pale bands.

  • Biology


    Solitary bees which do not live in colonies. Often burrow in the ground.

  • Habit


    Some are called sweat bees because they are attracted to perspiring skin.

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