I’m doing my best, but it’s really difficult to identify all the native bees in the garden. That’s a good thing. It means diversity. Some bees are metallic green, some the size of a grain of rice, some rival hummingbirds in size and noise, and some look exactly like wasps. Hope you enjoy the photos. John S. Ascher at
BugGuide.net has been wonderful abut identifying the bees I post, however some remain a mystery while I achieve better photos.
Melissodes, long horned bees sleeping on lambs ears.
Melissodes on Grindellia
Agapostemon ♀ (Ultra Green Sweat Bee) on coreopsis
Agapostemon texanus ♂ (Ultra Green Metallic Sweat Bee) on Erigerion Wayne Roderick
texanus ♂ (Ultra Green Metallic Sweat Bee) on Grindellia
Anthidium manicatum (European Wool Carder Bee) on Lambs Ears
Anthidium manicatum (European Wool Carder Bee) on germander
This tiny bee is the size of a rice grain. I think it is a Ceratina
Tiny bee Ceratina (?) in rear and a small, unidentified bee in front, sharing grindellia flower
Unidentified small bee on grindellia flower
Unidentified small bee on grindellia flower with Nomada bee.
My favorite unidentified bee. These bees cluster on the grindellia and pose for photographs.
Honey Bee on salvia
I can’t identify this tired bee. It’s only a little larger than a honey bee. It’s resting on a Salvia leucantha leaf.
I’ve always been a sucker for green eyes and a five-o’clock shadow!
I think this is a bee. Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?
Not a wasp, a bee! Nomada vegana
Nomada vegana is facing the camera. See its tongue?
This is the largest bee I’ve ever seen. Flower stems bent under its weight. It would not let me get close enough for a good photo and remains a mystery. I’m going with a carpenter bee species, Xlyocopa.
Definitely a carpenter bee: Xylocopa. These big bees enjoy the salvia leucantha.
Anthidium maculosum on lamb ears
Xylopa varipuncta ♂ Male Valley Carpenter Bee
Bombus vosnesenskii ♀ harvesting pollen from Calif. poppies
Bombus vosensenskii ♂ Yellow-faced Bumblebee