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Lasioglossum ovaliceps or Sphecodes sp.? - Sphecodes - female

Lasioglossum ovaliceps or Sphecodes sp.? - Sphecodes - Female
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
June 16, 2019
Size: 4–5 mm
After several years of trying, I finally managed to get a couple of photos of this species. They're in our yard every year but difficult to photograph since they're so tiny. Unfortunately, it was very windy on the day in question, so the photos are a bit blurrier than normal (Photoshop did its best). I'm hoping someone can confirm whether or not these are little sweat bees (maybe Lasioglossum ovaliceps) or teeny-tiny cuckoo bees (Sphecodes spp.). She(?) seems to be hairier than our other cuckoos, but definitely need an expert opinion! Notes:
  • Plant: meadow checker-mallow (Sidalcea campestris)
  • Size: 4–5 mm (same size as our smaller Ceratina, also observed on the same plant)
  • Nest: the species appears to be nesting in our backyard, as I've seen several coming and going from a patch of bare earth (over the past 2–3 years)
Thank you for your help!

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