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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Bicolored Sweat Bee

  Best find of the day was this little sweat bee that was trying desperately to climb through the screen and get out of the trailer. I helped him safely leave. You can tell how small he is when you realize that's ordinary window screen.

The last time I showed you sweat bees, it was really hoverflies. This one, however, is a real sweat bee. Today I learned that most sweat bees, family Halictidae, have metalic bodies. This one only had a green thorax, and the color didn't show very well in the pictures I took. It flashed bright lime green in the sunlight. The abdomen is yellow striped.

This is probably Agapostemon virescens, the Bicolored Sweat Bee, because there aren't many that have different colored thorax and abdomen. sweat bee

I'd really like to show you something on the trailer, and believe me, I worked my tail off. I stayed up half the night (and then couldn't sleep most of the rest of it). Worked all day long. Made really good progress on three projects, but nothing is ready to show you yet. And, I managed to do a little bit of editing.

Shower and bed coming up. I'm beat.

See The Sweat Bee's Secret


Ann said...

About the only bee I can identify is a bumble bee. Beyond that, they all look the same to me.

Sharkbytes said...

Hi Ann- these guys are tiny and cute.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Charlee: "Ooh, we would be happy to help that bee if we found her in the house!"
Lulu: "Bees sting, you know."
Chaplin: "Ooh, we would stay away from that bee if we found her in the house!"

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