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Photo#36393
Sweat bee - Halictidae - Halictus ligatus - male

Sweat bee - Halictidae - Halictus ligatus - Male
Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois, USA
November 1, 2005
Size: 1 cm +

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Sweat bee - Halictidae - Halictus ligatus - male Sweat bee - Halictidae - Halictus ligatus - male Sweat bee - Halictidae - Halictus ligatus - male

Moved
Moved from Sweat Bees.

This could be...
a Sweat Bee from the family Halictidae, Steve. Hope someone else verifies that. Great photos! They are tough little guys to photo.

Bob

 
Halictus parallelus?
Looks like Halictus parallelus, male.

 
Learning
For my edification: what features steer you toward that species?

 
Can't tell species.
First, this is a male, and it is indeed Halictidae (face shot does not reveal the "fovea" that andrenids have along the inner margin of the eyes). You absolutely cannot ID the vast majority of sweat bees to species without having a specimen in hand. It requires high magnification of really obscure body structures. Really nice series of images here, though!

 
Thanks
Thanks, Bob. This one seemed a little bigger and less active than the rest. Face and body are more "fuzzy" as well, when I review my other shots.

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