Wild Florida Photo - Agapostemon splendens

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Agapostemon splendens



Florida native


A small bee that can be seen in much of the eastern US from April through October, possibly year-round in Florida.
All of the species of Agapostemon are at least partially metallic green. The A. splendens female has a metallic blue-green abdomen with dark bands and the male has a yellow and black banded abdomen. The 2 pairs of wings are dark, not clear.
Green metallic bees are members of the Halictidae family commonly called sweat bees for the behavior of some of the species of being attracted to perspiration. Many bees in this family nest in the ground.
You can read more about the Halictidae family at the University of Florida IFAS Feature Creatures website.
The bee pictured here was visiting Leavenworth's coreopsis.
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Agapostemon splendens is a member of the Halictidae - Sweat Bees family.

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   David L. Pearson; C. Barry Knisley; Daniel P. Duran; Charles J. Kazilek
 Identification, Natural History, and Distribution of the Cicindelinae

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Bugguide.net info page for this species

Date record last modified:
Jan 07, 2018

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