Is this little thing really a bee?

grubby_AZ Tucson Z9
July 16, 2014

This looks like a honey bee and wallows around in pollen heaven like a honey bee but it's only about 3/16 inch long. It flies and alights quickly like a fly and it gets along with "full sized" bees. They're both swarming the sunflowers and sage and these little things get fully into the trumpet shaped purple sage flowers where regular bees can only poke their heads.

Is this really a bee? How small can they get?

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