Cutting off spent blossoms in my garden, I noticed this pretty green bee having a wonderful frolic in the centre of this blossom. Notice how shiny its head and thorax are. Off to get my trusty camera!
Then I had to look her up to find out what kind of bee she/he is. LOL
And this is what I found out: Natives to North America, green metallic bees (Agapostemon splendens) are often seen visiting a wide variety of flowers, including coreopsis like this one. Although they are important pollinators for many plants they aren't domesticated.
Hmmm. Perhaps they remain wild because they're solitary bees that live in vertcal nests they burrow into sandy or clayey soil -- not in transpotable nests. What do you think?
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