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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Brown-winged Striped-Sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens)

A member of the Halictidae family. also referred to as sweat bees. This one is male.

“Adult halictids eat nectar, and collect nectar and pollen for the larvae. All halictids are mass provisioners, that is, the adults provision each cell with all the food (pollen and nectar) a larva will need until it emerges.” source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in897

Learn to identify: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Agapostemon+splendens

Key: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/agapostemon.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina sp.)

Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina sp.)

Tiny pollinator.  Nests in the pith of broken or burned plant twigs and stems.  Another reason to leave some plant debris and not be overly tidy in the garden.

Learn: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in258

key: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/ceratinini.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)

Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina sp.)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Brown-winged Striped-Sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens)

A member of the Halictidae family. also referred to as sweat bees. This one is female.

“Adult halictids eat nectar, and collect nectar and pollen for the larvae. All halictids are mass provisioners, that is, the adults provision each cell with all the food (pollen and nectar) a larva will need until it emerges.” source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in897

Learn to identify: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Agapostemon+splendens

Key: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/agapostemon.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp. possibly mexicana)

Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp. possibly mexicana)

The red legs leads me to believe it is a Mexican Cuckoo-leaf-cutter (Coelioxys mexicanus)

“Coelioxys, a genus within the leafcutting bee family, are kleptoparasites (they lay their eggs in the nests of other leafcutter bees and the young “steal” all of the stored pollen).” source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/leafcutting_bees.htm

“Adults take nectar at flowers. (They must be eating for themselves, because they do not provision a nest.)”

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7605

Learn more: https://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Coelioxys+mexicana

Key: https://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/coelioxys.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa) 

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Brown-winged Striped-Sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens)

Agapostemon splendens female

In the sweat bee family (Halictidae).  a.k.a. Metallic Green Bee

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)

Learn: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/agapostemon.htm

Learn more: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Agapostemon+splendens

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Carpenter-mimic Leaf-cutter Bee (Megachile xylocopoides)

Black Leaf Cutter Bee

Subgenus Melanosarus.

Solitary native bee which uses patches from leaves to create nests. Similar in look to a carpenter bee, the leafcutters carry pollen on their abdomen rather than in leg baskets. Also, serves as a host for parasitic bees.

Learn: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Megachile+xylocopoides#Hosts

Key: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/melanosarus.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

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