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Metallic Green Bee - Agapostemon - female

Metallic Green Bee - Agapostemon - Female
Near Hwy CA-139 and east entrance to Lava Beds National Monument, Modoc County, California, USA
July 5, 2012
Photographed at mid-morning on flowers of the annual Phacelia linearis.

This keyed to Agapostemon in Stephen et al(1). Salient key characters are: Forewing with three submarginal cells; head and thorax brilliant metallic green; basal vein strongly arcuate; galea much darker than genal areas; posterior tibiae as long or longer than first four tarsal segments; first recurrent vein basad of second transverse cubital by more than a vein width.

So, assuming this is Agapostemon, I visited the Discover Life Agapostemon web page where I checked the following boxes: location = CA; sex/antenna segments = female/12; abdomen color = metallic green; color of rim above labrum = dark brown to black. Clicking the "Search" button narrowed it down to three candidate species: A. angelicus , A. femoratus, and A. texanus. The closest and most numerous records from the Discover Life site map were of A. texanus, followed by A. femoratus...with A. angelicus records significantly further away (see this map, with the red target cross-hair close to the locale of photos posted here. Note the A. angelicus records are outside the map window).

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