There are seven species of metallic green bees in Vermont, many of which are frequently encountered in a variety of habitats. They can be split into two distinct groups - 4 Striped Sweat Bees in the genus Agapostemon and 3 genera with one species each in the tribe Augochlorini. Identifying the species from photos ranges from easy to impossible. As with other Sweat Bees, only females overwinter and are active first, with males not being produced until the end of the season.

These important field marks show features that are definitive for a genera or sub-set of genera. Click the images to enlarge.

To identify an unknown bee, choose the most appropriate category below to narrow the options.