bicolored striped sweat bee

(Agapostemon virescens)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

bicolored striped sweat bee

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

April to October

Habitat

 

Size

Total Length: to 7 16

    Photo by Alfredo Colon
 
Identification

The head and thorax are bluish-green. The male abdomen is black with yellow bands. The female abdomen is black with white bands.

 
Similar
Species

Silky agapostemon (Agapostemon sericeus) female abdomen is similar to the thorax, bright metalic green to bluish-green, not banded.

 
Larval Food

 

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 24, 27, 29, 30.
 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)

 

Suborder:

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)

 

No Rank:

Aculeata

 

Superfamily:

Apoidea (bees)

 

Family:

Halictidae (sweat bees)

 

Subfamily:

Halictinae

 

Tribe:

Halictini

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

bicolored striped sweat bee

metallic green bee

sweat bee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Alfredo Colon
       

Very iridescent !

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Evan Holmes
       

Metallic green bee

Saw the metallic green bee on flowers in my front yard. On the right side in this photo.

  bicolored striped sweat bee    
       
Sheryl Q
       

Have several of these bees every year in my gardens. I think they are beautiful. There were three on one plant! Notice the heavy load of pollen on the rear legs.

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Justice Landscaping
       

Found this odd looking nest appear overnight in my boulder garden. I saw something inside and decided to video it to see what it was. I've never seen this type of bee...it's beautiful.

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Becca
       

I've never seen a bee like this before but there have been a lot in my gardens this year. They really seem to like clover flowers and primroses.

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  Bicolored Agapostemon (Agapostemon virescens)
Bill Keim
 
  Bicolored Agapostemon (Agapostemon virescens)  

 

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About

Uploaded on Sep 16, 2010

a green bee shot with canon t1i and 100mm macro lens at HD 720p 30fps

   
       

 

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Evan Holmes
6/24/2018

Location: 1703 Saunders Ave St. Paul, Minnesota

Saw the metallic green bee on flowers in my front yard. On the right side in this photo.

bicolored striped sweat bee


Alfredo Colon
6/17/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

Very iridescent !

bicolored striped sweat bee


Sheryl Q
7/14/2016

Location: Ramsey

Have several of these bees every year in my gardens. I think they are beautiful. There were three on one plant! Notice the heavy load of pollen on the rear legs.

bicolored striped sweat bee


Justice Landscaping
6/23/2016

Location: Justice Landscaping

Found this odd looking nest appear overnight in my boulder garden.  I saw something inside and decided to video it to see what it was.  I've never seen this type of bee...it's beautiful.  

bicolored striped sweat bee


Sarah B
6/18/2016

Location: Hastings, MN

Found a nest in our back yard.


kellylynn
9/25/2014

Location: Owatonna mn

they were all over my different asters as i have several different colors.  They were also in an out if the morning glories.  There were about 5 different bee species on my asters. Very beautiful green little bees.


lilley
9/7/2014

Location: Fridley, MN

On the flowers of some Anise Hyssop


Becca
6/21/2014

Location: Columbia Heights, MN

I've never seen a bee like this before but there have been a lot in my gardens this year. They really seem to like clover flowers and primroses

bicolored striped sweat bee


Ahme Bowen
9/12/2011

Location: Golden Valley

Hi.  I saw a few green bees (Agapostemon virescens) yesterday in my garden in Golden Valley


     
     
 
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