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Species Agapostemon sericeus - Silky Striped-Sweat bee

Bee  - Agapostemon sericeus - female green bee - Agapostemon sericeus - female halictid 1 - Agapostemon sericeus - female Sweat Bees Agapostemon sericeus - Silky Agapostemon  - Agapostemon sericeus Sweat Bee - male Agapostemon sericeus? - Agapostemon sericeus - male Augochlora or Augochlorella? - Agapostemon sericeus Agapostemon sericeus? - Agapostemon sericeus Silky Striped-Sweat Bee - Agapostemon sericeus - male
Classification
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, Furrow, Nomiine, and Shortface Bees)
Subfamily Halictinae (Sweat and Furrow Bees)
Tribe Halictini
Genus Agapostemon (Striped Sweat Bees)
No Taxon (Subgenus Agapostemon)
Species sericeus (Silky Striped-Sweat bee)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apis sericea; Halictus radiatus; Agapostemon pulchra; Agapostemon sulcatulus; Apis sericeus
Identification
Rugose scutum
See remarks.
Range
Manitoba south to central Florida; Massachusetts west to Nebraska.
Food
Visits flowers from several families. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page lists known floral associations based on specimen records and images.
Remarks
"Only 4 Agapostemon species in Ontario.
A. sericeus has the roughest thorax and three white hair bands on abdomen, the second hair band is usually wider. Dark legs with the longest golden hair.
A. splendens has dark wings, dark legs, except the foreleg which is reddish-yellow. Reddish on the mouth parts. Hair on hind legs is deep golden and not too long, but quite thick. Watch out for the abdomen, it can sometimes look like sericeus, but the bands in between the segments are dark, in sericeus they are white.
A. texanus is the hairiest of them all, unmistakeable, especially on thorax sides, the hair is yellowish-white. Top of thorax is quite shiny. Legs hairs are a little darker, but quite short.
A. virescens female is unmistakeable as it is striped like the male."
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