golden green sweat bee (Augochlorella aurata)

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The golden green sweat bee (Augochlorella aurata) with it's metallic green sheen may not look much like a bee, but they are very important for pollination, and even live in colonies. Sweat bees are of the family Halictidae, and are so named because they are attracted to human sweat. There are around 4,500 species of sweat bee and most make their nests in the ground.