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World's Smallest Bee: August 9, 2008: This is a bee in the subgenus of Dialictus. According to the entomological information gathered at www.bugguide.net, "Extremely difficult to ID to species, even under the microscope. They are so morphologically monotonous that breaking them into species groups isn't really an option. Many species can only be IDed by the relative density of punctures on the surface of the bee." Kingdom Animalia (Animals) Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) Class Insecta (Insects) Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies) No Taxon (Aculeata - Bees, Ants, and other Stinging Wasps) No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees) Family Halictidae (Sweat Bees) Subfamily Halictinae Tribe Halictini Genus Lasioglossum No Taxon Subgenus Dialictus NO TAXON?!!! That means this bee has absolutely NO COMMON name. Weird, eh? How small was it? Not even 1/8 of an inch.
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Oct 25 2008 05:22 GMT peterheaven
Beautiful macro....
Oct 25 2008 06:05 GMT gtc126
Impressive Macro!!!!!

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