Male orchid bees (Euglossa sp.)
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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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