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Genus Agapostemon - Metallic Green Bees

Augochloropsis? - Agapostemon sericeus - female Another halictid - Agapostemon splendens - female Metallic green bee - Agapostemon splendens - male Green Metallic Bee - Agapostemon melliventris - female Probably A. virescens - Agapostemon virescens - male Metallic Green Bee - Agapostemon virescens - female Agapostemon sp. Male? - Agapostemon angelicus - male Green metallic bee - Agapostemon - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
No Taxon (Anthophila (Apoidea) - Bees)
Family Halictidae (Sweat Bees)
Subfamily Halictinae
Tribe Halictini
Genus Agapostemon (Metallic Green Bees)
14 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area, 44 spp. in 2 subgenera worldwide/total(1)
Differentiated from other metallic green bees, tribe Augochlorini by: Posterior face of propodeum completely encircled by a salient rim; hind tibiae equaling or exceeding their tarsi in length (Discover Life)


Species angelicus - Agapostemon angelicus

Species coloradinus - Agapostemon coloradinus
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Species femoratus - Agapostemon femoratus

Species leunculus - Agapostemon leunculus
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Species melliventris - Agapostemon melliventris

Species mexicanus - Agapostemon mexicanus
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Species nasutus - Agapostemon nasutus
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Species obliquus - Agapostemon obliquus

Species peninsularis - Agapostemon peninsularis
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Species sericeus - Agapostemon sericeus

Species splendens - Agapostemon splendens

Species texanus - Agapostemon texanus

Species tyleri - Agapostemon tyleri

Species virescens - Agapostemon virescens
New World (transcontinental, so. Canada to Argentina: map)(1)
only A. splendens and A. texanus occur in FL (A. virescens records have not been confirmed) (Janjic & Packer 2003)
Print References
Janjic J., Packer L. (2003) Phylogeny of the bee genus Agapostemon (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Systematic Entomology 28(1): 101–124.
Roberts, R.B. (1969). Biology of the bee genus Agapostemon (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 48:689-71. (PDF)
Roberts, R.B. (1972). Revision of the bee genus Agapostemon (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 49(9):437-590. (Full Text)
Roberts, R.B. (1973). Bees of northwestern America: Agapostemon (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Agricultural Experiment Station, Oregon State University, Technical Bulletin 125: 1–23. (PDF)