Subject: Unusual bees in Southern California
June 22, 2016 5:48 pm
I’ve been seeing these bees in my garden occasionally, and I haven’t been able to identify them. It’s about the size of a honey bee, but fuzzier and grayer. They seem to like yellow flowers best, especially cosmos. Do you know what they are? Where can I find more information about them?
PS: Great web site. This is an incredibly helpful resource.
Signature: Sunny in Mar Vista
According to BugGuide, there are 3500 species of Bees in North America. We are guessing your white bee might be a Furry Leafcutter Bee, Megachile perihirta, based on this BugGuide image, and according to BugGuide‘s data, there have been California sightings from May through October. We will attempt to identify your second Solitary Bee, though we may just contact Eric Eaton to get his input as we anticipate difficulty securing an accurate identification if left to our own devices.
Thanks for the information. I didn’t realize these were 2 different species.