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Metallic Green Bee - female

Agapostemon virescens

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Southern Canada - throughout much of the U.S. A variety of habitats with flowering plants and areas suitable for nesting.

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21 Comments

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Again, thank you so much everyone for your comments!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

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

williefromwi
williefromwi 8 years ago

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

Félix
Félix 8 years ago

Awesome spotting gracias!

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Excellent! Congrats

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

That is an impressive spotting. Congratulations!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Congratulations Small !

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 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
'NoelOrtega 8 years ago

fabulous!!!^^

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Congratulations!!

angel_ansh
angel_ansh 8 years ago

so wonderful! congratulations!

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

Congratulations :)

Atul
Atul 8 years ago

congrats!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Congratulations !!!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 8 years ago

Congrats! :)

Yasser
Yasser 8 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."

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MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Wow, great capture!!

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Thank you Jeannette, Neil & Adam!

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 8 years ago

beautiful colors and great photo

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 8 years ago

This is a terrific addition for Pollinator's week!

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 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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