Subject: Green Orchid Bee
Location: 76016 Arlington, TX
November 29, 2014 2:50 pm
This was taken today in Arlington, TX. We’ve seen several of these today humming around the garden. Temps are unseasonably warm, but will cool down tomorrow.
Signature: Lisa Parisot
To the best of our knowledge, the Green Orchid Bee is not found in Arlington, Texas. It is an introduced species and according to BugGuide it is a member of a: “neotropical group, with 1 sp. established in so. FL and recorded from southernmost TX (Brownsville)” This is a Metallic Green Sweat Bee in the subfamily Halictinae, and you can read more about them on BugGuide where it states: “Most species nest in burrows in banks or in the ground (Augochlora uses partially rotten logs). Some are primitively eusocial; in such cases usually a female guards the entrance to the burrow by plugging it with her head. Generally the main burrow is vertical; it sends horizontal branches, each branch ending in a solitary cell.” It can be very difficult to identify Metallic Green Sweat Bees to the genus or species level from images.