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Ultra-rare metallic blue bee spotted for first time in years in Florida.

2 O. calaminthae photo taken by Chase Kimmel

Researchers in Florida have spotted a rare bee that has been missing for so long, it was feared to be extinct. The Blue Calamintha Bee was spotted on March 9 by a researcher from a Florida museum. It was the first time one has been seen since 2016.

The shiny little blue bee was observed on a flower “rubbing its head on the top portion of the flower”. This sort of behavior is unusual for most bees but a common characteristic of the blue calamintha bee. It has unusual facial hairs that it uses to collect pollen.

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