Bee Bytes: Centris pallida

  Deserts. Common. Diggers.     Name: ‘The Pallid Bee’ or ‘The Digger Bee’ (no official common name) Family: Apidae (with: carpenter, honey, bumble bees) States: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada Centris pallida are known for their vibrant, yellow-green eyes and pale fuzz as they buzz around desert palo verde Read more…

Bee Bytes: Agapostemon texanus

  Generalist. Widespread. Solitary.           Name: ‘The Green Sweat Bee’ (there are several) Family: Halicitinae (with: other sweat bees, alkali bees) States: Most likely all except Hawaii and Alaska   Agapostemon texanus belongs to one of North America’s most striking genera – all Agapostemon males and females Read more…

Bee Bytes: Bombus franklini

  Endangered. Social. Narrow Range.   Status: Critically Endangered, last recorded in 2006 by Dr. Robbin Thorp Name: Franklin Bumble bee Family: Apidae (with: honey bees, carpenter bees) States: Oregon and California B. franklini has experienced a sharp decline since 1998, and has not been spotted in the wild for over Read more…