Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon texanus)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Halictidae
Genus: Agapostemon
Species: texanus (teks-SAY-nus) (Info)


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Temecula, California
Deland, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Ludowici, Georgia
Divernon, Illinois
Augusta, Maine
Howell, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Silverton, Oregon
Crossville, Tennessee
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Selah, Washington
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 16, 2017, Soberenee from Ludowici, GA wrote:

Just had one of these things pop..or sting as you say.. and i am in Ludowici Georgia. I have a picture of it...poor thing is dying


On Jul 12, 2011, jlo809903 from Howell, MI wrote:

I live in Michigan and we have them here. It stung/bite which ever they do on the back twice. It was still alive after, and it was as big as a honey bee. And yes it hurts!


On Jul 7, 2010, jeremy_24 from Augusta, ME wrote:

yes they do i was having a bbq in my back yard and my girls and my friends little girl were playing in the pool my friends little girl stated crying we ask what happen the girls said she was stung by green bee i went over to see it was green and it was a bee and trust me it was a green bee if you have any info on them let me know thank you


On Jul 8, 2009, freakygreenbees from Waterbury, CT wrote:

YESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! these bees do sting or bite. i just want 2 know which 1 they do. this girl @ camp was stung or bitten but idk which 1. so if u know what they do leave a coment and let me know, and don't say neither! cuz they do! and yes the green bees r freaky!


On Apr 20, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Despite its species name, it is found over a large amount of North America from Canada down to Texas and Florida - may be one of the most common bee species you see pollinating flowers in summer - they are much smaller compare to honey bees, maybe 1/4 inches or smaller - they don't sting or bite. Will pollinate a wide range of flowers, mostly smaller kinds - will try to add details later about flowers they prefers the most. Are attracted to opaque plastic covers, had lots die along with other bug species when got under plastic covering outside chair covers.