A microscope demo produces some great sweat bee pics for us

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The specimen is a male Agapostemon virescens captured in 2015. Look closely at the  antennae – are those tiny mites or spots?  The microscope is made by Keyence.

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2 Responses to A microscope demo produces some great sweat bee pics for us

  1. Fran Freeman says:

    Hi Miriam
    Enjoying the close-ups of the beautiful male Agapostemon virescens. As a lay person I realize I don’t have access to all the visuals out there, but I have yet to see a pic of a female of this species. I understand her abdomen is black–is that solid black? Why do you suppose they are so seldom seen or at least so seldom photographed?

    • Hello Fran,
      Interesting that you usually see pictures of males – I think I see females more often! They do have black abdomens, with yellowish strips of fur. Only males have yellow legs and faces. Towards the end of summer, you see more males than females because the males are flying around hunting for mates. Young females go into hibernation after mating so tend to disappear more quickly. However in late spring / early summer, you will only see females.
      Cheers,
      Miriam

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