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  • Agapostemon Sweat Bee - (Agapostemon spp.)

    Agapostemon Sweat Bee - (Agapostemon spp.)

    Agapostemon Sweat Bees seem drawn to perspiration, flying around and landing on sweaty arms and legs of unsuspecting people.

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    Staff Writer (6/29/2017): There are over a dozen species of Agapostemon Sweat Bees. Males are easier to identity than females because of their coloring. The head and thorax of males are a metallic green, but the abdomen is comprised of black and yellow bands typically seen in the bee family. Females are mostly green all over. Some are very social and share nests while others are more solitary.

    Adults drink flower nectar and eat pollen, and are not aggressive. They will sting, however, if they are threatened. Agapostemon Sweat Bees sometimes get close to or touch parts of the body that are perspiring. They seem to enjoy drinking the salty liquid off the skin. Some are small and lightweight enough to do so without the person even realizing it.

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    Agapostemon Sweat Bee

    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Agapostemon Sweat Bee
    Scientific Name: Agapostemon spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Halictidae
           Genus: Agapostemon
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 4mm to 12mm (0.16in to 0.47in)

    Identifying Colors: green, yellow, black

    Additional Descriptors: metallic, shiny, half, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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