Amazon Metallic Green Bee (Ceratina)

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Tropical Small Carpenter Bee (Ceratina)


When I saw this bee flying around in my Amazon hut, I was immediately fascinated with it.  I ran to get my camera and catch a picture of it before it got away.  I really did not know what it was and if it were poisonous or not.  So, I had to exercise caution to get this picture.  Finally it landed on a cardboard box long enough for me to get this great picture of it.

Like many of the other insects I have taken pictures of in the Amazon, I am not 100% sure this is a Ceratina.  In many ways it looks like one, but there are some aspects of this specimen that are different then other examples I can find of the Small Carpenter Bee.  The legs on this specimen are much larger then others I can find, so this may be a specific sub-variety that is only found in the Amazon.

Most reference material I can find about the Ceratina is about the North American and even the information about them is limited.  They are extremely rare in the part of the Amazon where I lived as this one is the only one I have ever seen in over 20 years.  Regardless, it nothing less then an amazing insect to look at.  If I were to give it a name, I would call it the Amazon Armored Green Bee.   Who knows, maybe that is what it is really called.