Vivid Green Bee or WaspJune 22, 2014

  A few days ago, when wandering about the Toftrees game land in central Pennsylvania, I decided to take a few macros of chicory flowers that had recently opened. Working within the center of the blossom was a vivid green bee or wasp.
Green bee or wasp on chicory
  Via a Facebook friend, I found out that the little insect was either a cuckoo wasp (family Chrysididaeor) or a sweat bee (family Halictidae).
Green bee or wasp on chicory
  According to, the difference between a cuckoo wasp and a sweat bee is superficial, and I suspect it would be - if I knew about wasps and bees.
Green bee or wasp on chicory
  In the meantime, I enjoy the color contrast between the vivid green of the insect and the violet-blue of the chicory blossom.

Photo note: The photos were taken with the Pentax K20D, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens, on 20 June 2014 in the Toftrees game land, north of Cooper's Pond, State College, Pennsylvania.

Bumblebee reflection   ||   Earlier green bee

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