Florida’s Lost Ultra-Rare Metallic Blue Bee Has Been Rediscovered

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Ultra-Rare Metallic Blue Bee

Many people aren’t familiar with the bee species. The bee that we are talking about is from the specie of blue Calamintha. Something characteristic of this insect is that it is in blue, but for quite a long time, this specie has been gone.

As a bee, because it is very tiny, it is tough to spot, so because many scientists couldn’t find it, they thought it was gone. However, recently some experts claimed that the species called Calamintha had been rediscovered. For the scientists, to find out that the bee still existed is a serious feat.

Weather.com said that for these bees to survive in Florida is tough, which means that it is challenging for them to get by.

According to experts, this type of bees has been found in four different places of around sixteen square mile zone in Wales Ridge.

A Florida Museum of Natural History found the scarce species of bees. For many experts, this specie is essential, so the finding is very remarkable. As we already said, these species are rare, so the scientists have to learn so much about them, and they couldn’t do that if the bees have vanished.

Chase Kimmel, a postdoctoral researcher, got in touch with Florida Museum and told them that he was ready to accept the possibility that the bees were gone. Once he noticed the bees, he was very excited. With their reappearance, the experts collected a lot of information, so they will fill some gaps that they had in their surveys.

Chase was aware that they know a small percentage of the insect community, and too many things are out there waiting to be discovered.

Many other scientists believe that now they will learn much more about the insects, their community, and how they interact with other species in nature. A lot of questions are passing through their heads, but one thing is for sure, we are fortunate to have these small creatures back.

Weather.com wrote something more about this discovery or ‘rediscovery.’ They said on March 9, 2020, Kimmel and volunteer, went to find those bees, and put some traps. When they wanted to put the traps, they saw some bees right in front of their eyes. They caught one as an example for further analysis.

Today, the bee still doesn’t have any protection status, but it is considered as a ‘species of greatest conservation need.’

The host plant is called Calamintha ashei, and it is one of the threatened species.

As weather.com claims, in 2015, there was a petition to have the bee included, but still, that didn’t help.

Kimmel said that it is too early to know if the species will be qualified as an endangered species because there should be done more examinations. Kimmel and his team will continue to look for more information about this type of bee.

In his statement, Kimmel said:

In an ideal world, it would be great to look at how management choices impact the plant and the population of this bee.

Also, the Florida Scrub-Jays are declared an endangered species, and the conservatives, governments, protect them. They are managing wildlife to enable the species to flourish. Also, precisely these methods include burning vegetation, among which are the host flower of Calamintha bees, so that can result in damaging the bee population. Some of the questions that are going through Kimmel’s head are how quickly the bee can return to the same home that has been burned, and how much time should pass until the plant regenerate itself to blossom.

The spokesperson at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said:

There was a lack of scientific information regarding the occurrence and life history of the bee, and more information was needed to make an informed determination regarding the classification status for this species under the Endangered Species Act.

In my view, finding a specie that the experts thought to be gone is a fascinating and colossal feat.

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