07.18.2022 Sweet Bee

I’ve admired the metallic sweat bees a few of you have posed recently.  I wish that was what I am sharing today, but alas the only sweat bees in the yard recently have been these Furrow Bees.

Sweat Bee-Furrow Bee-Halictus sp.get their name from their nesting habit which is, you guessed it, in a furrow. How they also got their name…Although I have not experienced it, sweat bees will “lick” your sweat with specialized long tongues.  I imagine that must scare the heck out of folks with apiphobia but I bet it just tickles. They hunger for salt so your perspiration is a good source.  One species is described as Orange-legged but how would we know with all that gathered pollen? This genus is found in all states and provinces in North America…on a flower near you.



About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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14 Responses to 07.18.2022 Sweet Bee

  1. The bee you’ve shown isn’t metallic but I’d say don’t sweat it.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I can’t say which species showed up on my arm, but I’ve been licked by sweat bees, and it does tickle. It doesn’t happen often, but I can remember a few instances when it happened at work.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m amazed at the various solitary bees I’ve been seeing this year… a good sign, I think. I am hopeless at IDing them however!

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    • I wish I could claim infinite knowledge when it comes to IDing insects but in most cases I rely or at least verify with a combination of iNaturalist and then confirm it with BugGuide.net. iNaturalist is not always accurate but once you home in BG.net is pretty awesome. I admit to being lazy…I have an awful lot of guides but often take the easy route and use the online resources. I would definitely learn better using the books.I am seeing a fair number of bees and bee species but almost no butterflies.

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      • Eliza Waters says:

        Interesting the regional difference… our butterfly numbers are the best in years. Maybe there are cycles of boom and bust among insect populations. A question for an entomologist!

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  4. Nice Steve! The dark background makes your subjects stand out!

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  5. Ann Mackay says:

    LOL, being licked by a bee sounds like a strange experience! 🙂

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