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Old 03-19-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
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Can anyone ID this bee? The photo was taken in the middle of may, in northern Wisconsin.

I use this as a slide in a pollinators presentation, and it would really be nice if I could mention the ID of this bee.
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Looks like a sweat bee probably the Augochlorini tribe. Agapostemon is another possibility.
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Wow, that's the most beautiful bee I've ever seen!

Thanks for sharing your amazing bee photo.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:52 PM   #4
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Looks like a sweat bee probably the Augochlorini tribe. Agapostemon is another possibility.
Thanks for the help MrILoveTheAnts!

I went back through my photos to see if I had any other photos of this bee that might help narrow it down, but this was the only close up that was in focus. It's a big help that I can at least say sweat bee.

BBBBecky - It always gets noticed during the presentations; it's nice to be able to get people's attention with beauty while talking about their important function.
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Just FYI, there also are some megachilids in the genus Osmia with a very similar superficial appearance - see Metallic blue-green bee - Osmia - BugGuide.Net for an example.
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I have a lot of bugs in Bugguide, over 600, and I put a green one in , attached and what they said.
It is so easy to confuse wasps in the family Chrysididae with bees in the family Halictidae. Once you get familiar with them, though, they are very easy to tell apart. This one looks to be in the subfamily Elampinae.
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Hello Everyone... that appears to be Augochlora Green Metallic Bee...they are really cool creatures... I don't know a whole lot about them...I do know they are sensitive when it comes to their homes... If something is not right... they relocate...least thats what I've seen... I live in the PA area... we have them here... they dig nests into dead wood or set up their home in pre-existing burrows of other insects... they also love to dig burrows into the ground on your lawn... their great pollinators...Larvae overwinter and then in the spring emerge as adults... Have a nice night... WaspKeeper001.
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:06 AM   #8
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Thanks for the ID help everyone.

I'm going to try to get some more close up photos when they are out again in a few weeks.
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