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The Green Orchid Bee

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Published on Mar 20, 2012

These are males of the Green Orchid Bee (Euglossa viridissima), a neotropical orchid bee recently introduced into South Florida. The males of this species spend considerable time collecting fragrant, volatile compounds produced by wood decay fungi, other decomposing materials, and certain fragrant flowers. This footage was taken on January 25, 2012 on a structure in Flamingo Gardens, Broward County, Florida. The bees seem particularly interested in an old, decomposing piece of pine wood siding rife with wood decay fungi. The piece of siding also suffered damage from foraging by the Eastern Subterranean Termite (Reticulitermes flavipes).

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