The blue bee was first noticed in Florida in 2011, then scientists identified its with scientific name as Osmia calaminthae.
However, the blue bee was disappeared in 2016. Many scientists believed that Osmia calaminthae was extincted.
Surprisingly, the blue bee was rediscovered in the same areas where its was gone.
The flower is a wild flower in Florida with a scientific name Calamintha ashei. Other species of Calamintha are:
- Calamintha georgiana, Georgia calamint
- Calamintha dentata, the toothed savory.
Unfortunately, Ashe’s calamint flower is a Florida endemic, and listed as threatened species of the state.
Yes, Osmia calaminthae is very extreme rare species, but genus Osmia has at least 350 different species which can be found worldwide.
Many of these 350 species are common species, to be critical role in natural pollination.
10 examples of species from genus Osmia are following:
Sources: Several readings include Smithsonian Magazine (2020) and CNN (2020).