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  • Augochlora Sweat Bee - (Augochlora pura)

    Augochlora Sweat Bee - (Augochlora pura)

    The charming metallic, bright green Augochlora Sweat Bee comes in many other gleaming colors like little winged jewels in the garden.

    Staff Writer (7/31/2017): The shiny, metallic green color of this bee are vivid and uncommon compared to the typical yellow and black image of bees. They are small bees and can vary in socializing. Some daughters remain with their mothers to help rear the next generation, but they are more solitary than the more widely known honey bees that live in a hive. They are more tolerant of cool weather and are visibly active in late winter and early spring.

    In the warmer southeastern U.S., they may appear more blue or purple in color.

    Sweat bees have pollen baskets on their legs and collect it like other bees. They can also sting like other bees. Adults feed on flower nectar they collect, or steal it from aphids. They can be found on flowers or on tree bark. Larvae feed on both pollen and nectar.

    Females nest in rotting wood, in tunnels bored out by other insects (like beetle larvae), or underground in loose soil. A female fills the end of the tunnel with cells and stuffs a pollen grain in each one with some nectar. Then, she will lay one egg on each grain. The larvae overwinter and emerge as adults in the spring having grown to maturity by feasting on the nectar and pollen grain left by the mother.

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    Augochlora Sweat Bee

    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Augochlora Sweat Bee
    Scientific Name: Augochlora pura

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Halictidae
           Genus: Augochlora
            Species: pura

    Size (Adult, Length): 7mm to 8mm (0.28in to 0.31in)

    Identifying Colors: green; black

    Additional Descriptors: shiny, metallic, green, flying, stinging

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec

    * 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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