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.
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