Camera Critters - Green Bee

My husband had to take some time off work for medical tests this week. I figured it might be nice to go for a walk at the park and practice photography for awhile to take our minds off the waiting on Friday. I was dying to go back to the prairie conservation area to watch the bluebirds anyway.

We did see lots of birds, flowers, and insects. We really enjoyed our leisurely walk. I saw this green bee enjoying a sunflower. (I'm not really sure what species of Arnica this is. Any thoughts on the ID from wildflower enthusiasts?)

metallic green bee on sunflower - photo by adrienne Zwart

Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon genus)


These green bees aren't as numerous as some of the other bee species around here. But I think they are still fairly common. I always enjoy the way the sun shimmers on their bright green backs.

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Comments

Anya said…
Puurfect shot :)
Its a BEAUTY !!
Kelly said…
Wow! I've never seen a bee that shade of green. He looks like he rolled around in lime paint. He's gorgeous. I don't usually study bees up close, so maybe I've seen one from a distance and didn't know. I'm certainly going to study them now. It was nice you were able to get out with your husband for a nice walk.
Adrienne: Now that is a new one on me, a green metallic bee. Very nice photo.
Carletta said…
He sure looks good contrasted with the flower and he matches the background. :)
A super macro!
Snap said…
Wow! Look at him shimmer! I haven't seen a bee like him before. Too cool!
TCKK said…
Wow! I've never seen a green bee before. Didn't know there was such a thing. But he's really pretty!
Sue said…
Beautiful bee. Love the green color.
AL said…
Hello Adrienne thanks for leaving a comment about the cat.

You got nice photos here, and a green bee?

AL
Anonymous said…
This is a nice photo. I have the same kind of bees here, from time to time. I like to see them as well as their cousins, the green bottle and blue bottle flies --- they all sparkle like gemstones in the garden sunshine.

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Anya said…
Hi Adrienne

You can copy it from my blog,
no problem ^__^

Have a nice sunday

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)
drewmark19 said…
I never even knew there was such a thing as a green bee, and they're common around here? I'm such a bad nature gal. :)
Willard said…
Hi Adrienne,

I don't know what species either the bee or the flower is, but it is a beautiful photo.

I have been neglecting that type of photography, but I made up for it this morning by photographing some similar subject. Thanks for posting such an appealing photo.
Kerri said…
I don't think I've ever seen a green bee before. He was certainly color coordinated with that beautiful flower!
Great shot!
Tami said…
Love the green bee shot!

Tami

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