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Can anyone identify this bee?

Update June 25: According to Kathy Keatley Garvey and Dr. Robbin Thorp at UC Davis, this is a small metallic sweat bee in the genus Halictus, and is probably Halictus tripartitus. Thank you so much for your help!

I have a lot of these tiny bees. They are about 1/4-inch long (0.6 cm) and appear black at first glance. The one below was on a five-spot flower among honey bees and bumble bees that were also foraging in the area. I’d like to know what it is.

Tiny bee on five-spot. Photo by the author
Another shot of the same bee. Photo by the author

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sheryl
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Looks like a blue orchard bee to me, we have quite a few of them here.

Shar
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I have bumblebees feeding on my sedum and wonder what type they are.
They have a black dot on their thorax.

Rusty
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Shar,

I would need to know where you live and see a photo. Then, maybe, I could tell you.

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