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Blue bee returns from extinction


In Florida:

The indigo insect was last spotted in central Florida in 2016, five years after it was first identified. But this spring, just as Americans began to hunker down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rare blue bees, known scientifically as Osmia calaminthae, were rediscovered in the same region foraging on Ashe’s calamint, a dainty violet flower that blooms in certain scrub habitats…

Because blue calamintha bees have been known for only a decade, scientists are still getting to know more about their vulnerabilities and idiosyncrasies. For example, the bees appear to have an unusual way of foraging. They tend to rapidly bob their heads two to four times when visiting flowers. Kimmel and other experts believe they do this to dislodge pollen from the plant, but none of the other 23 bee species known to visit Ashe’s calamint do this, Kimmel says.

Jonathan Kendall, “Blue Bee Feared to Be Extinct Is Found in Florida” at Smithsonian Magazine

Yes, they’re blue. You don’t see that every day:

Because of environment concern today, species are often reported as extinct that actually aren’t. They just stay out of the way of humans. See: Extinction (or maybe not): New Scientist offers five such “Lazarus species”

Note: The blue bee is a solitary bee, so far as researchers know. It doesn’t form hives. That would make huge numbers a challenge.

Related: Marcos Eberlin, well-known in ID circles, has put out a strong defense of REAL SCIENCE on the current subject. https://conexaopolitica.com.br/ultimas/brazilian-scientists-and-academics-write-an-open-letter-on-the-science-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic/ polistra
Wonderful video! This guy is an old-fashioned naturalist and a real scientist. He loves the critters he's studying. We need to see more real scientists like this on TV, instead of highly paid infinitely corrupt theory-mongers. polistra

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