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green bee - agapostemon? - Agapostemon texanus - female

green bee - agapostemon? - Agapostemon texanus - Female
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
October 10, 2007
Size: 10mm
I saw one of these in May as well. I still have this subject, so if more angles or higher resolution crops would help the ID they can be provided.

Images of this individual: tag all
green bee - agapostemon? - Agapostemon texanus - female green bee - agapostemon? - Agapostemon texanus


Sorry, accidentally had this tagged and it tagged along with some others.

It does look different from most of the others posted under this species (hairier legs, solid green instead of striped abdomen, etc.). Is this entirely gender difference? Or, do we have two species under this name?

Great, thanks!
It has so much resolution that you could still crop it more tightly, remember that images show at the size of 560 pixels and no more.

OK - hope it's useful!
If you want a high magnification photo a single tegula, that can be done too.


Not Agapostemon
Agapostemon has a metallic green tegula (see here ), which this one hasn't. That leaves Augochlora and Augochlorella. Wait for Dr. Ascher to tell you which.
Great images! Will you submit an isolated one of the one that shows the tegula really well so that I can use it in the glossary?

Augochloropsis has the metallis green tegulae
and, more importantly, the tegulae is oddly shaped with a inward-bending lobe

This bee is Agapostemon texanus which is in a different tribe (Halictini:Caenohalictina vs. Augochlorini)

Thanks for the id, folks!
Seems there's a long lost colony of Texan Greenbees up here.

Augochlorini in the Pacific Northwest?
In all my years in Oregon, I don't think I collected a single member of the Augochlorini. All the metallic bees were Agapostemon. Are there any Augochlorini in that corner of the world?

Blame it on a senior moment. Blame it on my recent surgery. All the time I was mixing the names Agapostemon and Augochloropsis in my head and giving wrong information. I am so sorry! I am glad that you came along, thanks! I wish I could erase that comment.

Re: tegula
Here's a less downsampled version of one of the crops from the first image. If you want an even closer version let me know!

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