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Cindy Pegg, Contributor
Full name:
Cindy Pegg
City, state, country:
Chicago, IL, USA

Just an amateur gardener who's always had a soft spot for bees.

I'd like to identify all the different bees and wasps that visit my tiny patch of garden in the big city. There aren't many fellow gardeners for blocks in any direction. Most around here make liberal use of weed killer and worship the Lawn Almighty.

Below is a list of the creatures that I've 'captured' in the yard. There are others that I haven't been able to photograph yet either because they're too small or because they didn't hang around long enough for me to raise the camera. (One in that latter category that I can actually identify was a Cicada Killer wasp.)


Andrenidae (Mining Bees)

Andrena dunningi (Dunning's Miner)

Megachilidae (Leaf-cutter Bees, Mason Bees, and allies)


Anthidiellum notatum (Northern Rotund-Resin Bee)

Anthidium manicatum (European Wool-Carder)

Anthidium oblongatum (Oblong Woolcarder)

Stelis louisae


Coelioxys (Cuckoo Leaf-Cutter Bees)

Megachile latimanus (Broad-handed Leaf-cutter Bee)

Megachile mendica (Flat-Tailed Leafcutter Bee)

Megachile pugnata (Pugnacious Leaf-Cutter Bee)


Osmiini (?)

Bombus (Bumble Bees)

Bombus bimaculatus
Two-spotted Bumble Bee

Bombus fervidus
Golden Northern Bumble Bee

Bombus griseocollis
Brown-belted Bumble Bee

Bombus impatiens
Common Eastern Bumble Bee

Nomadinae (Cuckoo Bees)


Epeolus bifasciatus

Triepeolus lunatus

Triepeolus (?)

Nomada (Nomad Bees)

Nomada (ruficornis species group)

Eucerini (Long-horned Bees)

Melissodes bimaculatus
Two-spotted Long-horned Bee

Melissodes subgenus Eumelissodes
True Melissodes Bees

Melissodes subgenus Eumelissodes
True Melissodes Bees

Halictidae (Sweat Bees)


Augochlora pura

Halictus ligatus

Lasioglossum zephyrum
Zephyr Dialictus

Hylaeus (Masked Bees)

Hylaeus (subgenus Spatulariella)
Spatula-tailed Masked Bees


Ceratina calcarata
Spurred Ceratina

Xylocopa virginica
Eastern Carpenter Bee ♀

Xylocopa virginica
Eastern Carpenter Bee ♂


Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps)

Leucospis affinis

Eurytomidae (Chalcid Wasps)


Chrysidoidea (Cuckoo Wasps and allies)

Pseudomalus auratus


Ant Queen Kidnapping Wasp

Sand Wasp


Cerceris (fumipennis?)

Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)

Ectemnius continuus

Ectemnius (subgenus Hypocrabro)

Ectemnius (?)

Pemphredoninae (Aphid Wasps)


Eumeninae (Potter and Mason Wasps)

Ancistrocerus gazella

Euodynerus foraminatus

Euodynerus hidalgo boreoorientalis

Eumenes fraternus

Symmorphus canadensis

Gasteruptiidae (Carrot Wasps)


Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasps)

Cryptus albitarsis


Diplazon laetatorius


Vulgichneumon brevicinctor

Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)




Polisties (Paper Wasps)

Polistes dominula (male?)

Polistes fuscatus

Polistes metricus

Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)

Ammophila nigricans

Chalybion californicum
Blue Mud Wasp

Grass-carrying Wasps

Sceliphron caementarium
Black and Yellow Mud Dauber

Sphex pensylvanicus
Great Black Wasp

Vespinae (Hornets and Yellowjackets)

Dolichovespula maculata
Bald-faced Hornet

Vespula germanica
German Yellowjacket

Vespula vidua

Vespula maculifrons
Eastern Yellowjacket