Male orchid bees (Euglossa sp.)
The color on these Male orchid bees (Euglossa sp.) leaves me in awe of nature. Not so impressed they are nectaring on a dog pee stained rug. — at Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve.
Green Orchid Bee (Euglossa dilemma)-Males of this species store aromatic compounds extracted from various environmental sources in pouches on their hind legs.He then uses the fragrances during courtship. The male bee attracts a female by releasing his fragrance and fanning his wings to disperse it.
While researching this species, I found they are attracted to clove oil.
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Photograph by Coleen Creeden
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