Agapostemon

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Agapostemon
Agapostemon texanus.jpg
Agapostemon texanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Halictidae
Subfamily: Halictinae
Tribe: Halictini
Genus: Agapostemon
Guérin-Méneville, 1844

The genus Agapostemon is a common group of Western Hemisphere sweat bees of generally green or blue appearance (head and thorax always, sometimes also the abdomen in some females). Some 45 species are in the genus, ranging from Canada to Argentina. They superficially resemble various members of the tribe Augochlorini, which are typically metallic greenish in appearance. Members of this genus are commonly referred to as metallic green bees.

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