Eastern? Bumble Bee - approx. 2 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Bombus
Species: Impatiens?
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Updated February 25 2016
Honey Bee - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Apis
Species: Mellifera
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Updated February 4 2013
Small Carpenter? Bee - approx. 1 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Ceratina (Small Carpenter Bees)?
Species: ?
Long-horned Bee (male) - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Melissodes (Long-horned Bees)
Bicoloured Agapostemon (male) - approx. 1 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Halictidae (Sweat Bees & Relatives)
Genus: Agapostemon (metallic green bees)
Species: Virescens
Some Halictid bees are attracted to sweat and the name is
applied to the entire family - female has a black
abdomen -
A. splendens is similar but not found in Toronto
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Updated April 22 2016
Leaf-cutting Bee - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Megachilidae (Leaf-cutting & Mason Bees)
Genus: Megachile
Species: ?
Leaf-cutting bees differ from most bees in that they
collect pollen on their abdomen rather than the hind
legs - leaf cuttings are for the nest
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Updated June 3 2015
Common Carpenter Bee - approx. 2.5 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Xylocopa (Large Carpenter Bees)
Species: Virginica
Also known as Eastern Carpenter Bee - has hairless
abdomen
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Tricolored Bumble Bee - approx. 1.3 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Bombus
Species: Ternarius
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Pure Green Augochlora - approx. 1 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Halictidae (Sweat Bees & Relatives)
Genus: Augochlora
Species: Pura
Some Halictid bees are attracted to sweat and the name
is applied to the entire family
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated April 22 2016
European Wool Carder Bee - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Megachilidae (Leaf-cutting & Mason Bees)
Genus: Anthidium
Species: Manicatum
Native to Europe (intentionally introduced for pollinating)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated February 4 2013
Cuckoo Bee - approx. 6 mm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Holcopasites
Species: Calliopsidis
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subfamily: Nomadinae (Cuckoo Bees)
Honey Bees - approx. 1.5 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Apis
Species: Mellifera
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Updated February 4 2013
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Unequal Cellophane Bee (male) - approx. 1 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Colletidae (Plasterer & Yellow-faced Bees)
Genus: Colletes
Species: Inaequalis
One of the earliest spring bees - often seen swarming on
bare soil digging (female) and visiting (male) nests -
secretes a cellophane-like substance to line the nest -
male
antennae are longer than female - also known as
Polyester Bee
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Updated May 31 2017
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Yellow-masked Bee - approx. 7 mm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Colletidae (Plasterer & Yellow-faced Bees)
Genus: Hylaeus
Species: ?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Golden Northern? Bumble Bee - approx. 2 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Bombus
Species: Fervidus?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Mining Bees - approx. 7 mm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Andrenidae (Mining Bees)
Genus: Andrena
Species: ?
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
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Updated May 7 2014
Long-horned Bee (female) - approx. 1 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Species: Druriella
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Apidae (Bumble, Honey & Digger Bees)
Genus: Melissodes (Long-horned Bees)
Species: Druriella?
Dunning's Andrena Mining Bee - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Andrenidae (Mining Bees)
Genus: Andrena
Species: Dunningi
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Eastern? Bumble Bee on Common Tansy - approx. 2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2007
Golden Northern? Bumble Bee - approx. 2 cm - Toronto Islands - September 2013
Tricolored Bumble Bee on Queen Anne's Lace - approx. 1.3 cm - West Don Valley (Wilket Creek Park) - July 2012
Small Carpenter? Bee on Common Tansy - approx. 1 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2007
Long-horned Bee (male) on Common Tansy - approx. 1.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2007
Bicoloured Agapostemon (male) on Common Burdock - approx. 1 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2007
Leaf-cutting Bee - approx. 1.2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - June 2009
European Wool Carder Bee - approx. 1.2 cm - East Don Valley (Milne Hollow) - September 2012
Dunning's Andrena Mining Bee on White Trillium - approx. 1.2 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - May 2014
Mining Bees on Lesser Celandine - approx. 7 mm - West Don Valley (Wilket Creek Park) - May 2014
Honey Bees - approx. 1.5 cm  - Kortright Centre for Conservation - September 2009
Cuckoo Bee on Ox-eye Daisy - approx. 6 mm - West Don Valley (E.T. Seton Park) - June 2011
Unequal Cellophane Bee (male) - approx. 1 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - April 2010
Yellow-masked Bee - approx. 7 mm - Leslie Spit - July 2013
Sweat Bee (Halictus female) - approx. 1 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Genus: Halictus (Protohalictus)
Species: Rubicundus
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Family: Halictidae (Sweat Bees & Relatives)
Honey Bee on Canada Goldenrod - approx. 1.5 cm  - Don Mills - September 2014
Some Bot Flies and Robber Flies are Bumble Bee mimics
Sweat Bee (Halictus female) - approx. 1 cm - Rouge Park (Glenrouge Campground) - July 2014
Long-horned Bee (female) - approx. 1 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - August 2009
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Updated December 28 2015
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Updated January 28 2016
Pure Green Augochlora - approx. 1 cm - Rouge Park - July 2012
Similar to H. ligatus but has a narrower head
Possibly Lasioglossum genus in the family Halictidae
(Sweat Bees)
Common Carpenter Bee on New England Aster - approx. 2.5 cm - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - September 2013
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Updated April 22 2016
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Updated May 8 2016
Unequal Cellophane Bee (female) - approx. 1.2 cm
Order: Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants)
Family: Colletidae (Plasterer & Yellow-faced Bees)
Genus: Colletes
Species: Inaequalis
One of the earliest spring bees - often seen swarming on
bare soil digging (female) and visiting (male) nests -
secretes a cellophane-like substance to line the nest -
male
antennae are longer than female - also known as
Polyester Bee
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Updated May 31 2017
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Unequal Cellophane Bee (female) - approx. 1.2 cm - Hockley Valley - May 2017