what kind of bee is this
August 29, 2009
I would like to know as much info on this cool looking green bee as possible
pompano beach florida
When we first posted an image of a Green Orchid Bee, Euglossa viridissima, in October 2004, and it created quite a stir. The species has since become established in Florida, having crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. The Online article on BioOne entitled ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEOTROPICAL ORCHID BEE EUGLOSSA VIRIDISSIMA (HYMENOPTERA: APIDAE) IN FLORIDA by Charlotte Skova and Jim Wiley provides a wealth of information. We are thrilled to get your photos which illustrate the communal nesting habits of the Green Orchid Bee.
Update from Eric Eaton
I don’t know if they are nesting, or are seeking minerals in the soil, or just what. I’d love to see that spectacle myself, though:-)