Halictus ligatus is a very cute bee

This is a Daisy

Bellis perennis

Sometimes it is visited by flies

Like this one

Like this one

But bees also like it

Especially little bees

Especially little bees

This is Halictus ligatus

This is Halictus ligatus (a female)

(a female)

This is a species of Sweat Bee, and it is very very common (from southern Canada to northern Mexico, from Atlantic to Pacific (Gee, the traffic is terrific!)).

Also adorable

Also adorable

She has a diagnostic character, which is obvious in this photo.

Which is obvious in this photo

That little round knob behind her cheek  (which is called a ‘genal tooth’ in insect jargon)

What, still didn’t spot it?  Here, try this

See it now?

See it now?

See ya later!

NB! There is another species with a similar character (H. poeyi), but because they are so hard to distinguish, populations south of Virginia are generally considered to be poeyi, and north are generally considered to be ligatus.  Wish I could tell you taxonomy was simple.  Sorry.

6 thoughts on “Halictus ligatus is a very cute bee

  1. Love your little bee. They are so hard to distinguish that some of the little Halictes and Lassioglossom can only be distinguished using a microscope and although I would like to know more about what bees I am seeing I’m not sure how I feel about that.

    • Some of the Lasioglossum are impossible to resolve, even WITH a microscope. Indeed, there is only one person in the entire world that can resolve some of the members of that genus. I would say Good for you! If you can get to the genus level!

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