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Green Sweat Bee on Cactus Flower Close ups - Agapostemon - female

Green Sweat Bee on Cactus Flower Close ups - Agapostemon - Female
Tonopah Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
March 26, 2015
Size: 11mm
This sequence of images is blurry and they may not be good enough for a positive ID. I have included the best images that I could pull from the video, for this individual. I'm very nearly convinced that she is a desert native, Sweat Bee named Agapostemon anglicus. She was feeding on Engelmann's Prickly Pear Cactus flowers and the name is Opuntia engelmannii.
Here is a link to the complete ID video, with several metalic green Sweat Bee females.
♀ Green Sweat Bees & Antlions ♀♂
Please confirm, move or frass these images. Thanks for your help!

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Green Sweat Bee on Cactus Flower Close ups - Agapostemon - female Green Sweat Bee on Cactus Flower Close ups - Agapostemon - female Green Sweat Bee on Cactus Flower Close ups - Agapostemon - female Green Sweat Bee on Cactus Flower Close ups - Agapostemon - female Green Sweat Bee on Cactus Flower Close ups - Agapostemon - female

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Agapostemon female
Likely angelicus but could be texanus

Double punctuate scutum is a distinctive feature of those two species

 
ID Targets For Agapostemon Sp. Macro Shots
John, thanks for moving all of the bees around!
I'm glad that something of value was visible here and yet, many peoples images of both species, clearly show that feature.
What I need is a short list of the most important anatomy targets to aim at, because the ID section of the info pages, for these two species is somewhat sparse and I don't have a key. Can we please add any kind of a handy link to some kind of keying information, to help out the other BugHunters? I have a very limited focus on things!