Bicolored striped sweat bees are among the most strikingly noticeable of our native bee species with their metallic green or blue-green sheen and exotic mix of colors. The females are fast flyers and have a black abdomen with thin white stripes. The males tend to fly more slowly while searching for females in the garden and have thick bands of yellow stripes on their abdomens.
Sweat bees are famous — or infamous — for their tendency to land on humans to obtain moisture and salts from perspiration. Like deer visiting a salt lick or an athlete drinking an electrolyte beverage, they supplement their diet with salts, which they sometimes try to obtain from sweating humans. Though they share the same moniker, bicolored striped sweat bees don’t share the same affinity for human sweat.
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