Sunday, June 22, 2008

Metallic Green Bee - Genus Agapostemon

The mustard flowers have attracted all sorts of flying insects. The most recognizable ones were the Metallic Green Bees. I had seen pictures when I read up on Orchard Mason bees that originally made me think that these were Orchard Mason bees, but thanks to a kind anonymous post that has been corrected.


Anonymous said...

You have some very nice pictures but I do not think you will find this pretty green bee is Osmia Lignaria because it is carrying pollen on its legs instead of under its abdomen. Maybe the pictures here will help:

C4 said...

Thanks for the catch, I suppose the danger of using the internet to identify things is mistakes can be perpetuated. I'll have to do some more research now to find out exactly what kind of bee this is.