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May 21, 2020

Male orchid bee

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that orchid bees, like this male, are easier to tell apart by the chemical differences of their perfumes than by their physical appearance.

[Research supported by National Science Foundation grant DEB 1457753.]

Learn more in the University of California, Davis, news story Can scents create new species? Smells like orchid bee evolution. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: May 21, 2020)

Credit: Thomas Eltz

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