What is Street Creatures? This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.
How does it work? Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.
Metallic Green Sweat Bee (Agapostemon)
All of the bees in the Halictidae family, which Agapostemon are in, are distinguished from other families by the curve of the basal vein on their wings.
Sweat bees in this genus make their nests in the ground. The nests are often surrounded by a mound of soil, called a tumulus, that look similar to ant hills.
The genus name Agapostemon means ‘stamen loving’.
While females may be entirely metallic green, the males of this genus have black and yellow striped abdomen, the only bees in North America with this combination.