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Jul 1, 2016 10:47 AM CST
|Hi, everyone! I'm trying to help the pollinators and I figure I ought to know which bees are coming around in case there's something I can do to help them. Today, I noticed a fair amount of small bees on my Dune Sunflowers (Helianthus debilis) and Blanket Flowers (Gaillardia pulchella). Some of them looked a little bigger than the others, but I "think" they're all the same kind. If not, go ahead and correct me. I'm just trying to post the clearest photos so I'm sorry if they're two different bees.
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Jul 3, 2016 7:38 AM CST
Looks like Halictus poeyi, a native sweat bee. Here's a link to an interesting article(NEW BACKYARD BUG: HALICTUS POEYI) http://benkolstad.net/?p=5020
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