Half wasp, half bee
Location: Phoenix, AZ
August 27, 2011 10:04 am
So I look up, and there are 20 of these in my kitchen. I’m in Phoenix, AZ, its August, they can fit on my pinky nail, very small, iridescent green thorax and head, abdomen is striped black and yellow like a bee. Its hard to tell if its a wasp or a bee, but the morphology tells me bee. Any info would be appreciated, Thanks!
Signature: Colin

Metallic Sweat Bee

Hi Colin,
The insect in your photo is a Metallic Sweat Bee in the tribe Halictini, based on information posted to BugGuide.

Identification courtesy of John Ascher
April 22, 2012
Agapostemon males

Location: Arizona

One Response to Metallic Sweat Bee

  1. Jim Haworth says:

    My friend Charles Hough said they are “Agapostemon virescens” green yellow black wasp. I checked on Google and found there are are over 20 varieties, and they are a type of sweat bee… some called Metallic Bees. They range from Canada to Florida.

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