Sunday, 28 March 2021

Rediscovering of Rare Blue Bee in Florida in 2020 – Science 3

Bee swarm, just for illustration.

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.

This bee consumes pollen and nectar from a violet flower, well known as Ashe’s calamint or Ashe's savory.

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.


Flowers blooming, just for illustration

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:

- Osmia bicornis

- Osmia caerulescens

- Osmia cornifrons

- Osmia cornuta

- Osmia atriventris

- Osmia avosetta

- Osmia latreillei

- Osmia inermis

- Osmia lignaria

- Osmia ribifloris


Sources: Several readings include Smithsonian Magazine (2020) and CNN (2020).

6 comments:

  1. Interesting post.
    Beautiful flowers and the information of bees.

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      Rediscovering of Rare Blue Bee in Florida in 2020 – Science 3
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      Bee swarm, just for illustration.

      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.

      This bee consumes pollen and nectar from a violet flower, well known as Ashe’s calamint or Ashe's savory.

      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.

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  2. Que interesante, son lindas las abejas. Saludos.

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      Rediscovering of Rare Blue Bee in Florida in 2020 – Science 3
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      Flowers blooming, just for illustration

      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:
      - Osmia bicornis
      - Osmia caerulescens
      - Osmia cornifrons
      - Osmia cornuta
      - Osmia atriventris
      - Osmia avosetta
      - Osmia latreillei
      - Osmia inermis
      - Osmia lignaria
      - Osmia ribifloris

      Sources: Several readings include Smithsonian Magazine (2020) and CNN (2020).

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  3. Em Portugal essa flores chamam-se azáleas e são, também, muito procuradas pelas abelhas.
    Abraço amigo.
    Juvenal Nunes

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    1. Thanks-
      Rediscovering of Rare Blue Bee in Florida in 2020 – Science 3
      -
      Bee swarm, just for illustration.

      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.

      This bee consumes pollen and nectar from a violet flower, well known as Ashe’s calamint or Ashe's savory.

      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.

      Delete

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