Tiny Male Sweat Bee (Augochloropsis) on Garden Plant
These flowers you can't even see with the human eye, but the tiny bees are all over this unknown plant that appeared this year and grew over 6' tall. The closest I could come was that it was some kind of nettle, but didn't feel the stinging hairs. Sweat Bee is a common name for a very large family of bees that are .12 to .40 in. long. They are actually native bees to the USA and are among the most common bees where ever bees are found. They sting only if handled and gather pollen on their legs as other bees do. Most nest in the ground, some in wood. In some species, the bees constantly guard the nest entrances. A wide range of social development is displayed in the family and many insights into social behavior among insects have been learned from sweat bees.