Sweat Bee (Halictus poeyi)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Sweat Bee (Halictus poeyi)

One of the NATIVE non-metallic bees. Tiny. As can be seen by the legs, gathers quite a bit of pollen.

“Sweat bees are very important pollinators for many wildflowers and crops, including stone fruits, pomme fruits, alfalfa and sunflower. Sweat bee populations can be encouraged with wildflower plantings and by providing nesting areas. Halictids typically nest in bare soil located in a sunny location. Minimum tillage and insecticide use will help to increase populations of Halictidae and other soil nesting bees.”

Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/halictid_bees.htm

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