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Metallic Green Bee - female

Agapostemon virescens


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.

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Small Wonders
Small Wonders 10 years ago

Again, thank you so much everyone for your comments!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 years ago

Congratulations for the SOTD, Small Wonders. This is a beautiful photo (like all your photos, I must say).

williefromwi 10 years ago

Congrats on your spotting of the day, small wonders. Wonderful detail and color on your macro.

Félix 10 years ago

Awesome spotting gracias!

ceherzog 10 years ago

Excellent! Congrats

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

That is an impressive spotting. Congratulations!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Small !

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 10 years ago

Wow - Thank you so much everyone! & Thank you Project Noah for choosing my photo to help represent this very important week :)
Happy National Pollinators Week!

'NoelOrtega 10 years ago


Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago


angel_ansh 10 years ago

so wonderful! congratulations!

Jeannette 10 years ago

Congratulations :)

Atul 10 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations !!!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago

Congrats! :)

Yasser 10 years ago

As Neil mentions below, what a way to kick-off National Pollinator Week! Congrats on earning Spotting of the Day!

"Green Metallic Bees are part of the Insect family Halictidae, commonly known as Sweat Bees as they are often attracted to perspiration."


MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Wow, great capture!!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 10 years ago

Thank you Jeannette, Neil & Adam!

AdamBrown 10 years ago

beautiful colors and great photo

NeilDazet 10 years ago

This is a terrific addition for Pollinator's week!

Jeannette 10 years ago

Wow, beautiful shot and spotting :)

Small Wonders
Spotted by
Small Wonders

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Spotted on Jun 15, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012

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