Dark Striped Bee

Andrena spp, Colletes spp, Lasioglossum spp, Halictus spp

Dark Striped Bee, Andrena spp, Colletes spp, Lasioglossum spp, Halictus spp

This is a large group of bees from 4 different genera that are often difficult to distinguished from each other. They are mostly solitary.

Habitat: Generalists and Specialists
Development: Complete metamorphosis
Food: Herbivore
Flight Period: Variable. Long and short-lived species
Description: Thin, yellow or white stripes of hair on a black abdomen. Dark bodies, some are slightly metallic.
Length: 8 - 17 mm
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