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March 17, 2023

Iridescent orchid bee of the family Apidae/subfamily Euglossinae

An orchid bee specimen from Costa Rica with iridescent body, belonging to the family Apidae and subfamily Euglossinae. The specimen was collected as part of an NSF-supported large-scale study on the evolutionary history of Hymenoptera -- the order of insects containing ants, bees and wasps.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant DEB 0337220.] (Date of image: 2004; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: March 17, 2023)

Credit: Katja Seltmann/Sharkey Lab, University of Kentucky

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