An abdomen colored with black and yellow strikes marks this as a male halictid bee unlike the all green female. These green metallic bees are loners though their other name, sweat bee, betrays the interest they may have when humans come near. Luckily it was a cool day for exploring the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area where this action was seen.
A male halictid bee with a striped abdomen seen at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. These solitary bees are also called green metallic bees or the more memorable sweat bee for their attraction to sweaty skin, presumably to gather salt from the perspiring human host.
A Halictid Bee, commonly called a Sweat Bee, gathers pollen in the pollinator garden at Audubon House. These somewhat solitary bees often live in burrows they dig in the ground and are important pollinators for native plants.