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Female Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon virescens) | by sankax
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Female Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon virescens)

This is a beautiful female Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon virescens). It was very active and really wanted to dig right into this Blanket Flower (Gaillardia sp.) The Gaillardia just bloomed yesterday. I think the colors here are just outstanding.


Agapostemon are a common group of Western hemisphere sweat bees of generally green or blue appearance (head and thorax always, sometimes also the abdomen in some females). These genera are commonly called “sweat bees” because they are attracted to human sweat and drink it for its salt content. There are some 45 species in the genus, ranging from Canada to Argentina.


Most Agapostemon are solitary ground nesting bees. Some species nest communally; two to 24 females share a single nest but each individual still builds and provisions its own nest cells. Agapostemon nest in the ground in deep vertical burrows or soil banks.


Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro mounted on a Canon XTi.

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Taken on June 4, 2010