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Agapostemon texanus sweat bee

bee with green metallic head and thorax and yellow-and-black striped abdomen visits a small pinkish-violet flower, with green foliage below and a dark green background out of focus in the distance

As part of a study on the diversity of wild bee species involved in pollinating fruit crops over multi-year periods, a group of researchers mapped the timing of peak abundance for each species. One of the more than six dozen species of wild bees to visit eastern watermelon fields was Agapostemon texanus, sometimes known as the Texas sweat bee (female shown here). (Photo by Thomas Langhans via Flickr, republished with permission)

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