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An online field guide to the bees of eastern North America
Melissodes subillatus is one of the early summer longhorns–it likes asters and generally gives off a grayish impression.
Hylaeus modestus looks more like a wasp than a bee–but don’t let it fool you! Note the yellow markings and antennae high on the face.
Andrena cornelli is an uncommon late-spring mining bee that is associated with rhododenrons and azaleas.
A. virescens female nest guarding
Andrena nubecula is never far from goldenrod, and they often forage with their smoky wings held out at an angle.
Agapostemon splendens females are brilliantly green, have brown wings, and nest in deep sand.
Andrena asteris is a common solitary bee easily found on wood asters and goldenrods in fall.
Bombus fervidus is a striking bumble bee associated with open areas including cities.
Ptilothrix bombiformis is a big, bumblebee-mimic that can walk on water and specializes on wild hibiscus flowers.