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I was photographing in a large patch of Leavenworth's tickseed along a county road in St. Johns County on Memorial Day when this little green bee visited several of the flowers I was focusing on. At first I thought the visitor might be one of the flower flies or bee flies, until I noticed that it had two pairs of wings, therefore it was a bee and not a fly.
This Agapostemon splendens is featured here for National Pollinator Week June 17-23, 2013.
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.
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