Thursday, December 13, 2012
Native Bee Spotlight: Green Sweat Bees ~ Agapostemon spp.
Green Sweat Bees are one of the most brightly colored native bees in our area. A bright emerald green head and thorax, with a striped abdomen of pale to bright yellow. Some females in this genus are entirely green, and often difficult to distinguish from bees in the Augochlora genus.
Read about other visitors to Spiderwort here.
Another good source of pollen for Green Sweat Bee females in early spring is Great St. John's Wort (Hypericum pyramidatum).
These native bees are fast moving and camera shy. It's often difficult to capture them because their flower visits are very short, so have your camera ready if you spot one.
Attracting Native Pollinators: The Xerces Society Guide, Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies