Sweat Bee (Agapostemon virescens)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Halictidae
Genus: Agapostemon
Species: virescens


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Deland, Florida
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Boise, Idaho
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Skowhegan, Maine
Finksburg, Maryland
Swansea, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Eunice, Missouri
Republic, Missouri
Trenton, New Jersey
Medina, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 1, 2013, Chillybean from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am just thrilled to see this. We began planting natives last summer and now we are seeing native pollinators. This one was not camera shy like one of the above commenters, so was able to get a nice photo. It was feeding from my Cow Slobber. It never bothered me and I hope we see more.

Oh, if I had anything negative to say... what a horrid common name! :)


On Jun 7, 2010, kaoth from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I first saw this "bee" in my front yard acting like a honey bee on my spiderwort flower. I thought it was beautiful. Later the same week I found a small hole next to my nasturtium seedling in the back yard. I suspected a bug so I kept pouring water into the hole. Later I saw Agapostemon Virescens come out of the hole. I have heard they take care of young in the underground "burrow" - It is quite active and goes in and out a lot. I have seen two of them now. I don't know if they are mates or one of the original's young or just another individual.


On Sep 26, 2009, WaterCan2 from Eastern Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

First time I've ever noticed this bee in my yard, seen only three so far. Camera shy and non- aggressive, emerald- green coloration with subdued white bands on abdomen, very pretty.


On Jul 5, 2009, dawnm866 from Medina, NY wrote:

I have discovered this beautiful little bee in my lawn while mowing. I'm between Rochester NY and Buffalo NY. Wanted to be sure they were not a pest but have seen them collecting pollen so they can stay.


On Jul 15, 2008, Wilfong1 from Clarksburg, WV wrote:

We have only recently discovered this beautiful bee in out flower garden. It is smaller than a Honey bee but much larger than a Sweat bee. We now have 3 of them that visit with us. They are not aggressive, in fact they are rather camera shy. I would appreciate any and all information on this little fella.


On Aug 8, 2007, pbillsu from Finksburg, MD wrote:

Pesky but doesn't bite or sting