INDEX

Of Bees Appearing in this Website

NOTE

 

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.  

LIST OF SPECIES BY LATIN NAME

​​Family Andrenidae

 

Andrena (Andrena) milwaukeensis

Andrena (Callandrena sensu lato)

        placata/simplex

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)
 forbesii
Andrena (Trachandrena)
 rugosa

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

 BUMBLE BEES

 

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)

 

CARPENTER BEES

 

Eastern Carpenter Bee  (Xylocopa virginica virginica) 

 

Nimble Carpenter Bee  (Ceratina strenua)

Small Carpenter Bee  (Ceratina calcarata)

 

CELLOPHANE BEES

          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)
         

​​DIGGER BEES

         
Anthophora abrupta Digger Bee  (Anthophora abrupta)

          Anthophora terminalis Digger Bee  (Anthophora terminalis)

EPEOLUS (CUCKOO) BEE


          Two-banded Epeolus Cuckoo Bee  (Epeolus bifasciatus)
 

 HONEY BEE 


          European Honey Bee  (Apis mellifera)

 

LEAFCUTTER BEES

 

          Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile rotundata)

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


          Common Little Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile brevis) 

          Flat-tailed Leafcutter Bee   (Megachile mendica)

          Frigid Leafcutter Bee   (Megachile frigida)

         
          F
rugal Leafcutter Bee  (Megachile frugalis)

         
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)
                  

LEAFCUTTER CUCKOO BEES

         
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.)

LONG-HORNED BEES 

 

          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)

MASON BEES

 

          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) 

 

MINING BEES (Andrena)

 

         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)
 

MINING BEES (Calliopsis)

 

         Campus Bee  (Calliopsis andrenaformis)

MINING BEES (Perdita)

 

         Eight-spotted Perdita  (Perdita octomaculata)

NOMAD (CUCKOO) BEES

          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)

        

RESIN BEES

 

          Bellflower Resin Bee  (Megachile campanulae)

 

          Giant Resin Bee  (Megachile sculpturalis)
 

          Heriades carinata Resin Bee  (Heriades carinata)  

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

 

SPHECODES (CUCKOO) BEES

          Hercules Sphecodes  (Sphecodes heraclei)

 

          Johnson's Sphecodes  (Sphecodes johnsonii)

         
Mandibular Sphecodes  (Sphecodes mandibularis)*

          Sphecodes ranuculi  (Sphecodes ranunculi) 

SQUASH BEE

 

          Hoary Squash Bee  (Peponapis pruinosa)

STELIS LOUISAE (CUCKOO) BEE

 

          Stelis louisae Cuckoo Bee  (Stelis louisae)

 

SWEAT BEES - Green Metallic Sweat Bees
 

           Augochlora Pura Green Metallic Bee  (Augochlora pura)

 

           Augochlorella aurata Green Metallic Bee (Augochlorella aurata)

 

           Augochloropsis metallica Green Metallic Bee  (Augochloropsis metallica)

 

           Bi-colored Agapostemon   (Agapostemon virescens)

 

           Silky Agapostemon  (Agapostemon sericeus)

SWEAT BEES - Striped Halictus Sweat Bees

 

           Confusing Sweat Bee   (Halictus confusus)

           Halictus rubicundus Sweat Bee  (Halictus rubicundus)

           Ligated Sweat Bee  (Halictus ligatus)

SWEAT BEES - Striped and Dark Lasioglossum Sweat Bees

           Evening Primrose Lasioglossum (Lasioglossum oenothera)         

 

           Hairy Lasioglossum (Lasioglossum pilosum)

 

           Lasoglossum (Dialictus) Metallic Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum

                     resembling true Lasioglossum versatum (=rohweri))

          Lasioglossum (Evylaeus) Dark Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum Subgenus

                     Evylaeus sensu lato)
sp.

          Leathery Lasioglossum  (Lasioglossum coriaceum)          

 

          Quebec Lasioglossum  (Lasioglossum quebecense)

          Tegular Lasioglossum  (Lasioglossum tegulare)          

 

TRIEPEOLUS (CUCKOO) BEE

 

          Triepeolus donatus  Cuckoo Bee  (Triepeolus donatus) 

          Triepeolus remigatus Cuckoo Bee  (Triepeolus remigatus)

WOOL CARDER BEES

                      

          Anthidium obligatum Carder Bee  (Anthidium oblongatum)

 

          European Wool Carder Bee  (Anthidium manicatum)

 

YELLOW-FACED BEES   

 

          Mesilla Masked Bee  (Hylaeus mesillae)*

 

          Modest Masked Bee  (Hylaeus modestus modestus)

 

          Slender-faced Masked Bee  (Hylaeus leptocephalus)

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

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 8-23-15