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Green Sweat Bee

Green Sweat Bee
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, 60 mm Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-27 7:35
Viewed: 4445
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was fortunate to notice and took photographs of this beautiful green metallic colour bee at Santiniketan, near my house. This green sweat bee possibly Augochloropsis metallica.

Sweat Bee, common name for any of a large family of bees, many of which are attracted to the salts in human perspiration. Most sweat bees are small to medium-sized, 3 to 10 mm (0.12 to 0.40 in) long. They are generally black or metallic colored, and some are brilliant green or brassy yellow. Sweat bees are among the most common bees wherever bees are found, except in Australia, where they are relatively uncommon. There are about 1000 species in the United States, Canada, and Central America.
Sweat bees are particularly numerous in North America. Although their small size makes them relatively inconspicuous, hundreds may swarm over flowers in gardens or meadows. The different species are often difficult to distinguish. Most sweat bees visit a variety of flowers. They sting only if handled.
The life cycles of sweat bees vary tremendously among species.
Most halictids nest in the ground, though a few nest in wood, Nests usually consist of a single main tunnel having one or more clumped cells arising from lateral branches. In some species, the bees constantly guard the nest entrances and they mass-provision their young (a mass of pollen and nectar is formed inside a waterproof cell, an egg laid upon it, and the cell sealed off, so the larva is given all of its food at one time, as opposed to "progressive provisioning", where a larva is fed repeatedly as it grows, as in honey bees). All species are pollen feeders and may be important pollinators.
Sweat bees belong:
Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Uniramia Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Halictidae Subfamily: Halictinae Genus: Augochloropsis

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hello Samiran
very nice composition with good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Samiran
Impressive macro with excellent composition and good sharpness. The lighting and the colours are fantastic. I think that your wasp belongs to the family Chrysididae and not to the family Halictidae. Probably it is Stilbum cyanurum.

Hi Samiran,
excellent point of view. Nice colours. Very good peaceful background.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Samiran. Colours and light are fantastic. Lovely compo too. Bit OOF in my opinion.


Hello Samiran,
A marvellous photo with fantastic colours and in excellent quality. Very good composition also and against a beautifully complementing background. Well done indeed. What a pleasure to view. Best wishes.

Ciao Samiran, great macro of lovely bee with fantastic metallic colors, splendid sharpness, beautiful diagonal composition and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-29 17:46]

How I missed this beauty, fine image of the colorful fly on lovely flowers, 60mm macro is worthy one, I think. tfs.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-29 19:43]

Wow Samiran! What a marvelous pic of this amazing and beautiful Sweat Bee.Great shot,indeed with great colors and amazing sharpness.TFS
Best wishes from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!

Hallo Samiran,
a very beautiful macro shot of this Green Sweat Bee, very good sharpness and splendid metallic colours, excellent point of view in anice composition
Best regards

grr8 shot sir brilliant composition n colors.
so u live in Bolpur :)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-11 7:41]

Hello Samiran,
this is a stunning macro. Excellent sharpness and very pleasant green background. Superb artistic diagonal composition of the branch.
Excellent job.


Hi Samiran,

I love this shot of the Halictid. They are difficult to capture... congratulations for succeeding! Their metalic sheene makes them difficult also. They are beautiful insects. I might have cropped the bottom three blossoms off along with an inch on the left then resized the same dimensions. This would have made the subject larger and more focal. Very good notes. Great job. TFS

Best regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-05 6:16]

Hello Samiran,
I just see that you have photographed a metallic bee too. Yours is all in green and a little bit of blue. And they seem to be quite small too in your regions. Fine composition and presentation.

Hallo Samiran
What a wonderful macro with an explosion of beautiful colours and details. I like the centralized composition and the curved pose of the insect on top of the flower. All displays beautifully against the neutral backdrop. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Samiran

Beautiful photo of this insect with his metallic
color tones, beautiful scenery with the flower
and the blurred green background, TFS


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