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Newly Discovered Ant-Like Bees Are Perplexing Entomologists

January 9th, 2017

There have been quite a few recent news stories about the alarming rate at which the planets bee colonies are dying out. Luckily, there are a variety of different bee species on this planet, and not all of them have been dying at rapid rates. There still remain many bees on this planet that have yet to be identified. One such bee is a recently discovered species belonging the genus Perdita.

This recently discovered bee calls the desert its home, and so the genus it belongs to are often referred to as desert bees. This bee is crucial to maintaining a properly balanced desert ecosystem. A recent issue of the animal-science magazine, Zootaxa, reported as many as nine previously unknown bee species belonging to the genus Perdita, so there are probably quite a few bees that have the ecosystem of desert regions of the United States covered, and there is currently no evidence to suggest that these desert bees are succumbing to the same early deaths as so many of the planet’s bumblebees have. The bees are almost entirely unknown to science, but perhaps these bees could be the key to solving the current shortage of bees in the world.

Do you think that these bees would be able to survive in any environment other than the desert?

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