|Photo: Donna L. Watkins|
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Metallic Green Bee
(Agapostemon, Halictid Bee, Halictidae)
on Black-eyed Susan Flower
Honeybees are only one representative (and an alien one at that) of a fascinating and varied group of insects.
Their cousins include the teddy bears of the insect world, the bumblebees, bright-colored sweat bees, tiny carpenter bees, mooching cuckoo bees, and the popular mason bees.
Last year I made it a goal to notice and then photograph as many bee species as possible in my own backyard. I was staggered by the variety—I still haven’t identified them all.
Here are just a few of the kinds I discovered.