Subject: Metallic Sweat bees
Location: SW Nassau County, NY
February 3, 2014 11:14 am
Working on my photo exhibit I am looking at a Metallic Sweat bee with green head and thorax and striped yellow/black abdomen. There is a characteristic I don’t see mentioned in your previous evaluations about which I’d like to know your thinking. This bee’s wings, at rest, are broadly parted, while other bees you’ve talked about held their wings tight against the body. It is on a sunflower. Taken in July 2011.
Signature: Carl F
My what a small and low resolution image you have sent to us. While resting with wings folded over the body is the typical position used by Sweat Bees while visiting flowers, as you can see from this image on BugGuide, parted wings do represent a possibility. Perhaps your particular Sweat Bee had just alighted, or it was just preparing to take flight.