Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Fall Fund Drive

TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#125159
Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - female

Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - Female
Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA
June 27, 2007
Series - 2 bees leaving nest. 2nd bee appears to step on, bite, and then toss the first bee aside, as it takes off. 1st bee is stunned, briefly, then flies off. Image 1 of 5

I am curious: does anyone know what this behavior is about? Do these bees have social status? Are bees often aggressive to one another?

Images of this individual: tag all
Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - female Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - female Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - female Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - female Agapostemon virescens - aggression (?) leaving the nest - a series - Agapostemon virescens - female

Primitive sociality.
I believe that Agapostemon females nest communally, each female preparing her own nest cells underground, but all sharing a common burrow entrance.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.