Dark, striped abdomen

This category includes four groups of common bees found in backyards. Members of these groups can either have striped or entirely dark abdomens. All members of this group have thick hairs on their bodies; if your bee is relatively hairless, go to this page .


  • most common in spring and fall
  • prominent facial foveae
  • parallel eye margins


  • most common in spring
  • large nesting aggregations
  • convergent eye margin
Megachile inimica


  • common in summer and fall
  • carries pollen beneath abdomen
Melissodes subillatus


  • common in summer and fall
  • carries pollen in thick “bottlebrush” scopae
  • males have very long antennae

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