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A Day in the Life of a Sweat Bee

A Little Metallic Green Bee

I love these little guys & I find them the hardest to photograph but there is nothing like their metallic green colouring making them one of the most beautiful bees. While at the Dominion Arboretum Ornamental Gardens had the pleasure of observing these little guys hard at work collecting pollen as seen in the photos it is caked onto their bottoms & legs. It was interesting to see that most of the pollinators were interested in the large Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) even the Monarchs' were loving them the most. Green Sweat Bees (Agapostemon texanus) are so very colourful I often call the Metallic Green Bees but they are a small Sweat Bee. To tell the truth most bees are quite challenging to photograph because the little devils never stop for their hunt for pollen & a chase usually ensues.

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