08.28.2021 Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee

No catchy title today.  Just a shot of this sweet sweat bee on guess what…Boneset, of course.

Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee-Agapostemon splendens.  These are actually more green than here.  The flash reflects and creates a golden impression, same as with the Elephant Mosquito, but the thorax is mostly green as are the eyes. I thought that maybe the light was reflecting actual sweat from the bee but they get that name as they are attracted to sweat, not because they perspire.

Someday I will capture one of these without the use of flash but they are quite active so the flash does make chasing them easier.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 08.28.2021 Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee

  1. The sweat bee in the picture I posted today fit your description, moving around quickly and making itself hard to photograph. Fortunately I had bright sunlight and didn’t need to use flash. On the other hand, you managed to get closer to your subject. I’ve had butterflies land on me, presumably attracted to my sweat, but never one of these bees. From what you say about learning the origin of the bee’s common name, you’ve never had one of these land on you, either.

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    • No, I have not had the pleasure. But I was close enough with the 100 and did trim the frame a bit in processing. They are a challenge and this was at least the third time I’ve shot one in the yard, finally successful.


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I love these little bees, they’re so pretty. Great capture, esp. the eye detail!

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  3. tomwhelan says:

    Excellent capture, the boneset makes a nice setting. I don’t think I’ve seen this species.

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Marvellous shot of the sweat bee which I would have mistakenly identified as a wasp!

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  5. Ann Mackay says:

    Amazing close-up, with such a lot of detail! Looks as if it’s wearing a sparkly vest! 🙂

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  6. Tina says:

    Great shot, Steve. I love the native bees who visit my gardens and there are so many different kinds!

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  7. Amazing detail on the bee and nice flower setting too.

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  8. Gallivanta says:

    Very sweet, indeed.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    A striped sweat bee’s new to me. I think I’ve always assumed they were either metallic or some other color. This one’s quite handsome.

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  10. Todd Henson says:

    Who needs a catchy title when you have such a catchy subject? 🙂 I’m always fascinating by the metallic-looking insects. And eyes on these bees are also remarkable.

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    • Thanks, Todd! I wish the green wasn’t obscured by the flash reflection although the gold is attractive. I was happy to finally catch one of these after trying for a few days. They don’t sit still for long


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