Insect and Bug ID forum: Which bee am I?

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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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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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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Jul 3, 2016 7:38 AM CST
Hi Melanie,
Looks like Halictus poeyi, a native sweat bee. Here's a link to an interesting article(NEW BACKYARD BUG: HALICTUS POEYI)
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

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