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Sweat bee in a buttercup

Sweat bees are small bees usually about 1/4- to 1/2-inch long (0.6-1.3 cm). Their common name refers to the fact that they are attracted to the salt in human sweat. In the United States, sweat bees are usually brown, black, red, or metallic green.They are the most common type of bee in the whole northern hemisphere and are considered excellent pollinators. It is estimated that about 1000 different species reside in North and Central America. Halictidae–the family name of sweat bees–comes from hals, the Greek word for salt.

Sweat bee in a buttercup. Photo by the author.

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Kate Halstead
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Rusty,

Love the photos on the site, very nice! I’m editor for Tilth Producers Quarterly and would love to use this sweat bee photo to illustrate a pollinator article we’re running in the next issue.

Would it be possible for us to use the photo…and if so, what attribution would you like me to use? Couldn’t get your contact page to work for me.

Many thanks!

Kate Halstead

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