Sunday Sketch: Orchid Bees

They may not be black and yellow but these neotropical orchid bees might be the smelliest stars of the bee world! The males of these iridescent bees collect perfumes  from the flowers they visit which they then display to females. The exact perfume blend is highly species specific–males shop around for just the right combination.

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Sketch and fact contributed by Amelia Munson

Source: Pokorny, P, I Vogler, R Losch, P Schlutting, P Juarez, N Bissantz, SR Ramirez, T Eltz (2017) Blown by the wind: the ecology of male courtship display behavior in orchid bees. Ecology98(4):1140-1152.

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