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 Sweat bee (Agapostemon virescens)




Sweat bee | Agapostemon virescens photo
Agapostemon virescens

Photograph by Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Sweat bee | Agapostemon virescens photo
Agapostemon virescens - Female

Photograph by Dna-man at the wikipedia project. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

SWEAT BEE FACTS

Description
The Sweat Bee (Agapostemon virescens) is a North American bee with metallic green head and abdomen. Females have a black abdomen with pale whitish bands, but sometimes the abdomen is all black. Males have a dark abdomen with bright yellow bands.

Size
about 10mm long. Females are about 11mm long.

Range
Found across the United States, also found in British Columbia, southern Quebec and Mexico.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Halictidae
Genus:Agapostemon
Species:virescens
Common Name:Sweat bee


Relatives in same Genus
  Green Sweat Bee (A. texanus)