Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sweat bees

I need to thank Grant Burleigh on iSpot for identifying these as sweat bees Lasioglossum sp.

They are only small - about 1cm. long - but they seem powerfully attracted to marjoram flowers. There are dozens of them on the plants in our herb patch.

When they weren't feeding they congregated on a dead shoot of the plant. There are about a dozen here and I suspect that most of them are males, with a single female in there somewhere.


  1. I looked Sweat Bees up and there are dozens but I did ID what I thought was a Hoverfly from the page. It is a wonderful world and this is a very attractive bee.

  2. Unusual elongated body. Once identified I guess they will be easy to spot.


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