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Metallic Green bees A. virescens are ground nesting bees & one of the few halictid bees that nest communally. The burrows are branched and cells are built at the ends and filled with soil after the eggs are laid. The females divide the guarding and foraging duties & often switch between nests. Common predators of these bees are cuckoo bees, which will take over the nests and lay their own eggs into the provisioned cells. Metallic Green bees are important pollinators and are generalists, visiting a wide variety of flowering plants.
Southern Canada - throughout much of the U.S. A variety of habitats with flowering plants and areas suitable for nesting.
Spotted on Jun 15, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012
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