I went over to goodbear’s house tonight for chocolate cake (with cherries) and a bottle of Syrah from a local vineyard & winery. I was looking at the branch that once held hundreds…yes, hundreds of male Agapostemon bees. If you don’t believe me, look at the photos that show only a fraction of the bundle o’ bees on a mesquite branch. Tonight, however, it was different. There were only a few bees left on a small branch. It is starting to get cold. Cold for me. Yes…60 degrees Fahrenheit is cold for me. And it’s cold for the bees.
I feel sad that the bees will soon be gone, so I am dedicating these photos to the metallic wonders we call sweat bees…the ones we call ‘The Agapostemon.’
Here is an Agapostemon visiting a squash flower at a local organic farm. You can see the metallic upper body (head and thorax) and the yellow striped bottom (abdomen). It’s legs almost match the color of the blossom. As I mentioned in a previous post, one difference between Augochlora bees and Agapostemon can be the yellow striped abdomen. There are some Agapostemon female bees that are all green metallic in color, but others have the striped abdomen.
Here is another Agapostemon visiting a creosote flower. Again…metallic upper body and yellow striped bottom.
In fashion terms metallic green and yellow stripes would not mesh well together, yet these bees still look fabulous?