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Of Bees Appearing in this Website



on Bee Classifications

         Bees belong to the class Insecta, the order Hymenoptera and the superfamily Apoidea.  Bees are further divided into families, six of which reside in the United States:

Family Andrenidae Mining Bees

Family Apidae – Honey, Bumble, Carpenter,
            Long-horned, Digger and some Cuckoo Bees

Family Colletidae - Plasterer and Masked Bees

Family Halictidae - Sweat Bees  and 
            Sphecodes Bees

Family Megachilidae -  Mason, Resin, Carder,
        Leafcutter and Cuckoo Leafcutter Bees
Family Melittidae - Melittid Bees


From July, 2014 through July, 2017, more than 100 species of bees representing the first five of these families were documented and photographed in Rockefeller State Park Preserve and Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture.  Many of these species have been categorized as rare, uncommon or in decline in New York State.


          Rockefeller Park  and  Stone Barns contain many additional species not listed here. There are, for example, approximately 50 Andrena mining bee species in the immediate region, and 160 species of the sweat bee genus Lasioglossum in  New York. 


        Samplings of representative Andrena and Lasioglossum bees appear in this guide, but any effort to show them all would require the use of  hair-splitting taxonomies and the aid of a microscope.  Accordingly, in the case of such bee genera that contain multiple very similar species, we have chosen to showcase those species that are visibly unique.


        Documenting bees at Rockefeller Park and Stone Barns is an ongoing project.  As new bees are discovered in 2017 and spring, 2018, this guide will continue to expand.  


        * In late summer of 2017, this website began the process of supplementing its Bee Guide with local New York species that have not yet been formally documented in the preserve or Stone Barns. These species are marked here with an asterisk.  Please contact the authors if you sight these species in the park or Stone Barns -- or any other species not noted  in the guide.  


​​Family Andrenidae


Andrena (Andrena) milwaukeensis

Andrena (Callandrena sensu lato)


Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta
Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula

Andrena (Conandrena) bradleyi

Andrena (Larandrena) miserabilis

Andrena (Leucandrena) barbilabris

Andrena (Melandrena confederata
Andrena (Holandrena) cressonii
Andrena (Melandrena) carlini

Andrena (Melandrena) dunningi

Andrena (Melandrena) pruni

Andrena (Melandrena) vicina

Andrena (Plastandrena) crataegi

Andrena (Ptilandrena) erigeniae

Andrena (Scrapteropsis) alleghaniensis

Andrena (Simandrena) nasonii

Andrena (Taeniandrena) wilkella
Andrena (Trachandrena)
Andrena (Trachandrena)

Calliopsis andreniformis
Perdita octomaculata


Family Apidae


Anthophora (Clisodon) terminalis

Anthophora (Melea) abrupta
Apis (Apis) mellifera

Bombus (Cullumanobombus) griseocollis

Bombus (Pyrobombus) bimaculatus

Bombus (Pyrobombus) impatiens

Bombus (Pyrobombus) perplexus

Bombus (Pyrobombus) vagans

Bombus (Thoracobombus) fervidus

Ceratina (Zadontomerus) calcarata
Ceratina (Zadontomerus) strenua

Epeolus bifasciatus

Melissodes (Eumelissodes) agilis
Melissodes (Eumelissodes) denticulatus

Melissodes (Eumelissodes) subillatus

Melissodes (Eumelissodes) trinodis

Melissodes (Heliomelissodes) desponsa

Melissodes (Melissodes) bimaculatus

Nomada articulata

Nomada bella
Nomada gracilis      

Nomada luteoloides

Nomada maculata

Nomada vicina

Peponapis pruinosa
Triepeolus donatus 

Triepeolus remigatus

Xylocopa (Xylocopoides) virginica virginica



Family Colletidae


Colletes compactus
Colletes inaequalis

Colletes latitarsis

Colletes simulans armatus

Colletes thoracicus

Hylaeus (Hylaeus) leptocephalus
Hylaeus (Hylaeus) mesillae*

Hylaeus (Prosopis) modestus modestus


Family Halictidae


Agapostemon (Agapostemon) sericeus

Agapostemon (Agapostemon) virescens

Augochlora (Augochlora) pura

Augochlorella (Augochlorella) aurata

Augochloropsis (Augochloropsis) metallica

Halictus (Seladonia) confusus

Halictus (Odontalictus) ligatus

Halictus (Protohalictus) rubicundus

Lasioglossum (Dialictus) pilosum

Lasioglossum (Dialictus) resembling true
         Lasioglossum versatum=rohweri

Lasioglossum (Dialictus) tegulare

Lasioglossum (Evylaeus sensu lato) sp.

Lasioglossum (Lasioglssum sensu McGinley,

          1986) coriaceum         

Lasioglossum (Sphecodogastra) quebecense
Lasioglossum (Sphecodogastra) oenothera

Sphecodes heraclei

Sphecodes johhnsonii
Sphecodes mandibularis*
Sphecodes ranunculi


Family Megachilidae


Anthidium (Anthidium) manicatum
Anthidium (Proanthidum) oblongatum

Chelostoma (Prochelostoma) philadelphi

Coelioxys (Boreocoelioxys) octodentatus

Coelioxys (Boreocoelioxys) porterae

Coelioxys (Boreocoelioxys) sayi

Coelioxys (Cyrtocoelioxys ) modestus

Coelioxys (Synocoelioxys) sp.
Coelioxys (Xerocoelioxys) immaculatus

Heriades carinata

Heriades leavitti / variolosa

Hoplitis (Alcidamea sensu strictu) sp.

Megachile (Callomegachile) sculpturalis

Megachile (Chelostomides) campanulae

Megachile (Eutricharaea) rotundata

Megachile (Litomegachile) brevis *

Megachile (Litomegachile) mendica
Megachile (Litomegachile) texana 

Megachile (Megachile) montivaga
Megachile (Megachile) relativa

Megachile (Sayapis) frugalis

Megachile (Sayapis) inimica

Megachile (Sayapis) pugnata pugnata
Megachile (Xanthosarus) addenda
Megachile (Xanthosarus) frigida

Megachile (Xanthosarus) gemula 

Megachile (Xanthosarus) (mucida
       or mealanophaea)

Osmia (Helicosmia) georgica

Osmia (Melanosmia) bucephala

Osmia (Melanosmia) pumila

Osmia (Osmia) cornifrons

Osmia (Osmia) taurus

Stelis (Dolichostelis) louisae



Brown-belted Bumble Bee  (Bombus griseocollis


Common Eastern Bumble Bee  (Bombus impatiens)


Golden Northern Bumble Bee  (Bombus fervidus)


Half-black Bumble Bee  (Bombus vagans)


Perplexing Bumble Bee  (Bombus perplexus


Two-spotted Bumble Bee  (Bombus bimaculatus)




Eastern Carpenter Bee  (Xylocopa virginica virginica) 


Nimble Small Carpenter Bee  (Ceratina strenua)

Spurred Small Carpenter Bee  (Ceratina calcarata)



          Armed Cellophane Bee  (Colletes simulans armatus)         


          Broad-footed Cellophane Bee  (Colletes latitarsis)


          Compact Cellophane Bee  (Colletes compactus)

Thoracic Cellophane Bee  (Colletes thoracicus)

Unequal Cellophane Bee  (Colletes inaequalis)


Anthophora abrupta Digger Bee  (Anthophora abrupta)

          Anthophora terminalis Digger Bee  (Anthophora terminalis)


         Two-banded Epeolus Cuckoo Bee  (Epeolus bifasciatus)


          European Honey Bee  (Apis mellifera)




         Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile rotundata)


         Bellflower Resin Bee  (Megachile campanulae)               

         Black and Gray / Blueberry Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile melanophaea / mucida)         

         Flat-tailed Leafcutter Bee   (Megachile mendica)

         Frigid Leafcutter Bee   (Megachile frigida)

rugal Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile frugalis)


         Giant Resin Bee  (Megachile sculpturalis)

Hostile Leafcutter Bee   (Megachile inimica)

Megachile addenda Leafcutter Bee   (Megachile addenda) 

  Pugnacious Leafcutter Bee   (Megachile pugnata pugnata) 

          Relative Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile relativa) 

          Silver-tailed Petal-cutter Bee  (Megachile montivaga) 


          Small-handed Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile gemula)


          Texas Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile texana)


         Eight-toothed Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee  (Coelioxys sayi)

Immaculate Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee  (Coelioxys immaculatus)

          Modest Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee  (Coelioxys modestus)


          Porter's Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee  (Coelioxys porterae)

          Say's Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee  (Coelioxys sayi)


          Synocoelioxys Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee  (Coelioxys Subgenus Synocoelioxys sp.)



          Agile Long-horned Bee  (Melissodes agilis)


          Melissodes denticulata Long-horned Bee  (Melissodes denticulatus)

          Melissodes subillata Long-horned Bee  (Melissodes subillatus)


          Melissodes trinodis Long-horned Bee  (Melissodes trinodis)


          Thistle Long-horned Bee  (Melissodes desponsa)


          Two-spotted Long-horned Bee  (Melissodes bimaculatus)



          Mesilla Masked Bee  (Hylaeus mesillae)*


          Modest Masked Bee  (Hylaeus modestus modestus)


          Slender-faced Masked Bee  (Hylaeus leptocephalus)



          Bufflehead Mason Bee  (Osmia bucephala)  


          Bull Mason Bee  (Osmia taurus)

 Hoplitis Mason Bee  (Hoplitis Subgenus Alcidamea sensu strictu sp.)

          Hornfaced  Bee  (Osmia cornifrons)

          Mock Orange Chelostoma
(Chelostoma philadelphi)         

          Osmia georgica Mason Bee  (Osmia georgica) 

          Osmia pumila Mason Bee  (Osmia pumila) 




         Alleghany Andrena (Andrena (Scrapteropsis) alleghaniensis)


         Bradley's Andrena (Andrena (Conandrena) bradleyi)


         Carlin's Mining Bee  (Andrena (Melandrena) carlini)


         Cloudy-winged Mining Bee  (Andrena (Cnemidandrena) nubecula)

         Confederate Mining Bee  (Andrena (Melandrena) confederata)

         Cresson's Mining Bee  (Andrena (Holandrena) cressonii)


         Dunning's Mining Bee  (Andrena (Melandrena) dunningi)


         Forbes' Mining Bee  (Andrena (Trachandrena) forbesii)

        Hairy-banded Mining Bee  Andrena (Cnemidandrena) hirticincta)


         Hawthorn Mining Bee  (Andrena (Plastandrena) crataegi)

         Long-lipped Mining Bee  (Andrena (Leucandrena) barbilabris)


         Milwaukee Mining Bee  (Andrena (Andrena) milwaukeensis)


         Miserable Mining Bee  (Andrena (Larandrena) miserabilis)


         Nason's Mining Bee  (Andrena ( Simandrena ) nasonii)


         Neighborly Mining Bee  (Andrena (Melandrena) vicina)

         Placid or Simple Andrena (Andrena (Callandrena sensu lato) placata/simplex)


         Plum Andrena  (Andrena (Melandrena) pruni)

Rugose Andrena  (Andrena (Trachandrena) rugosa)


         Spring Beauty Mining Bee  (Andrena (Ptilandrena) erigeniae)

 Wilke's Andrena  (Andrena (Taeniandrena) wilkella)




         Eastern Miner Bee  (Calliopsis andrenaformis)

         Eight-spotted Perdita  (Perdita octomaculata)


          Articulated Nomad Bee  (Nomada articulata)         

          Beautiful Nomad Bee  (Nomada bella)

          Neighborly Nomad Bee  (Nomada vicina)


          Slender Nomad Bee (Nomada gracilis)          


          Spotted Nomad Bee  (Nomada maculata)

          Yelllow Nomad Bee  (Nomada luteoloides)



          Heriades carinata Resin Bee  (Heriades carinata)  

Heriades leavitti / variolosa Resin Bee  (Heriades leavitti / variolosa) 



          Buttercup Sphecodes  (Sphecodes ranunculi)          

          Hercules Sphecodes  (Sphecodes heraclei)


          Johnson's Sphecodes  (Sphecodes johnsonii)

Mandibular Sphecodes  (Sphecodes mandibularis)*



          Hoary Squash Bee  (Peponapis pruinosa)



          Stelis louisae Cuckoo Bee  (Stelis louisae)


SWEAT BEES - Green Metallic Sweat Bees

           Pure Green Sweat Bee  (Augochlora pura)


           Golden Sweat Bee (Augochlorella aurata)


           Green Metallic Sweat Bee  (Augochloropsis metallica)


           Bi-colored Agapostemon   (Agapostemon virescens)


           Silky Agapostemon  (Agapostemon sericeus)

SWEAT BEES - Striped Halictus Sweat Bees


           Confusing Furrow Bee   (Halictus confusus)

           Orange-legged Furrow Bee  (Halictus rubicundus)

           Ligated Furrow Bee  (Halictus ligatus)

SWEAT BEES - Striped, Datk & Metallic Lasioglossum Sweat Bees

          Epaulette Metallic Sweat Bee  (Lasioglossum tegulare)  


          Evening Primrose Lasioglossum (Lasioglossum oenothera) 


          Experienced Lasioglossum (Lasioglossum versatum)

​          Hairy Lasioglossum (Lasioglossum pilosum)

          Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) Dark Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum Subgenus

                    Evylaeus sensu lato)

          Leathery Lasioglossum  (Lasioglossum coriaceum)          


          Quebec Lasioglossum  (Lasioglossum quebecense)                          




          Squash Longhorn Cuckoo Bee  (Triepeolus remigatus)



           European Woolcarder Bee  (Anthidium manicatum)

           Oblong Woolcarder Bee  (Anthidium oblongatum)

 * Found in general region, but not yet documented in RSPP or Stone Barns.  
     Please report sightings.

All Photos & text Copyright 2014-2017 Paula Sharp & Ross Eatman.  For use of photos, see  Permissions.

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