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About 11-12 millimeters in body length; wholly metallic green as shown.
This bee was taking nectar from a lone, blooming saltcedar tree (Tamarix sp.) in a vast open field of degraded shortgrass prairie with sunflower, yucca, prickly-pear cacti, and scattered elm trees.
This is either Agapostemon angelicus or A. texanus. Characters needed for species identification are rarely apparent in images of wild, live specimens.
Spotted on Jun 15, 2012
Submitted on Jan 19, 2014