Tiny and dark

Your wasp-like bee likely belongs to the genus Hylaeus. These tiny, wasp-like bees are not very hairy since they carry pollen internally. You often encounter them on flat, umbelliferous flowers like Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota) or fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). Look for white or yellow markings on the face.

Hylaeus are always matte black. If, instead, your tiny and dark bee is somewhat dark metallic or bluish metallic like the bees below, visit this page.


  • bluish metallic
  • carries pollen on hind legs
  • can have white/yellow facial markings


  • dark metallic
  • carries pollen on hind legs
  • no white/yellow facial markings

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