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Small bee - Ceratina strenua - female

Small bee - Ceratina strenua - Female
Newport News, Virginia, USA
May 22, 2005
Very small bee. I'm guessing some kind of sweat bee. It looks similar to one of the pictures labeled genus Lasioglossum in the guide. Of course, I really don't know what I'm looking for so I could be completely wrong.

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Small bee - Ceratina strenua - female Small bee - Ceratina strenua - female


Ceratina strenua

note yellow stripe (not spot) on front tibia

Small Carpenter Bee?
The color of the bee and the white mark on the face actually remind me of a small carpenter bee, genus Ceratina. I could be wrong, though.

Thanks both of you for the quick ID and comments about the face mark.

Yes, Ceratina.
Thank you, Richard, for the quick ID. Good thing we got a "face" shot, as I was just about ready to label this as a Lasioglossum (family Halictidae), with which they can be very easily confused.

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