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    Bicolored Agapostemon Sweat Bee - (Agapostemon viriscens)

    The Bicolored Agapostemon Sweat Bee has a two-in-one appearance: the shimmering front half looks nothing like its more recognizable backside.

    Picture of Bicolored Agapostemon Sweat Bee
    Staff Writer (7/20/2016): Bicolored Agapostemon Sweat Bees are small bees that may sting if disturbed. The head and thorax are a shiny, metallic green color with a bumpy texture. Other types of sweat bees are completely green. This species has an abdomen that is more commonly seen on bees and wasps. Bands of black and yellow/white on the back half of the insect help avoid mistaking it for a fly. Sweat bees get their name from their apparent attraction to human perspiration.

    Bicolored Agapostemon Sweat Bees queens, daughters and males share the hive with larvae. This species nests in the ground and may damage lawns when building their homes. A small entrance/exit hole may be all that is visible on the surface, but excavation to make room for cells destroy turf roots. Inhabitants seem to retreat into the nest for hours if something/someone passes by. Adults gather pollen and are considered beneficial pollinators. The underground nests hold capped cells, each containing an egg and its food supply. Flying adults emerge after pupating in their cells.

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    Bicolored Agapostemon Sweat Bee

    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Bicolored Agapostemon Sweat Bee
    Scientific Name: Agapostemon viriscens

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 13mm (0.39in to 0.51in)

    Identifying Colors: green, yellow, black, white

    Additional Descriptors: flying, fuzzy, hairy, stripe, bands, bee, shiny, metallic, two-toned, stinging, venomous

    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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