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Sweat Bee - Augochlorella aurata - female

Sweat Bee - Augochlorella aurata - Female
4 miles east of Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, USA
June 11, 2005
This bee seemed to be drinking a drop of water from a leaf after a rain. (Do they do that?) Anyway, I took several photos starting with this one and the drop completely disappeared after about a minute.

Moved from Augochlorella.

Moved from Augochlorini.

probably Augochlorella
the only other choice is Augochlora, but I don't see the diagnostic clypeal lobe - and yes, all bees and wasps drink water (it just doesn't take them much, so they don't do it all that often)

As usual, another great image, Joyce. Looks like this gal bit off more than she could suck? Hahahaha:-) It might be that the rain dissolved honeydew that had accumulated on the leaf.

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