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Metallic Green Bee1 locationInsect/Spider
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Mar 6 2014
Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1
TypeInsect/Spider
FamilyHalictidae - Sweat Bees
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Agapostemon ?

Agapostemon has at least 45 species in the genus. This label covers them all -- thus the "?" in the scientific name -- from Agapostemon angelicus to Agapostemon virescens.

Apparently these things are common in the Western Hemisphere, from Canada to Argentina, though I just saw my first one today, in Phoenix, AZ. They are generally green or blue -- head and thorax always, sometimes also the abdomen in some females. They superficially resemble various members of the tribe Augochlorini, which are typically metallic greenish in appearance.

Sources:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/7997
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agapostemon
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