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Green Metallic Bee -Virescent Green Metallic Bee     (Agapostemon virescens) Range:  Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Texas; also Oregon to British Columbia.<br />
Habitat:  Meadows and gardens with sandy soil.<br />
Food:  Adult drinks nectar. Larva feeds on nectar and pollen. A Sweat Bee,Agapostemon virescens,Canada,Geotagged,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Green Metallic Bee -Virescent Green Metallic Bee (Agapostemon virescens)

Range: Quebec and Maine to Florida, west to Texas; also Oregon to British Columbia.
Habitat: Meadows and gardens with sandy soil.
Food: Adult drinks nectar. Larva feeds on nectar and pollen.

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  1. What an unusual bee, I hope you can identify it! If you post a location some of us may be able to help. Posted 4 years ago
  2. I have found out this this is probably a Green Sweat Bee (Agapostemon). There are several species although I don't think I would like to guess which one although it could be A. virescens.
    http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Agapostemon
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/475348
    http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/2748/
    http://cwf-fcf.org/en/discover-wildlife/flora-fauna/fauna/insects/green-sweat-bee.html
    Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
    1. Hello Claire,
      I took upon myself to verify as precilely as I could. The name I thought it might have is the Virescent Green Metallic Bee (Agapostemon virescens). After verification of internet I went back to the books and found the answer (I believe) with the "Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders".
      Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
      1. Go ahead and identify it then :) Posted 4 years ago
  3. Alright, thank the both of you. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Agapostemon virescens is not on Wiki so it will need a species creation. If I have time I will do this for you but a safer bet would be to request a creation and that will remind me! Well done!! Posted 4 years ago

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The male of Agapostemon virescens has a bright metallic green head and thorax, and a metasoma banded with black and yellow. It may be distinguished from males of A. coloradinus by the absence of a long brown or black streak on the posterior surface of its hind femur. The male of A. virescens may be distinguished from those of A. femoratus, A. melliventris, A. texanus, and A. angelicus by the depression and medial ridge on the apical half of its last visible (sixth) metasomal sternum. The female.. more

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Uploaded Feb 2, 2015. Captured Sep 14, 2007 11:47 in Boulevard Payer, Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y 9C9, Canada.
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