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The Cercidita Bee (Colletes cercidii)

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The Cercidita Bee (Colletes cercidii)

Overview

Have you ever come across a beautiful bee with striking physical characteristics like a hairy thorax and metallic coloring? Meet the Cercidita Bee, scientifically known as Colletes cercidii. These remarkable bees play a vital role in our ecosystem through their unique behaviors and ecological contributions.

Etymology

The name “Colletes” comes from the Greek word “kolletes,” meaning “a kind of bee.” The species epithet “cercidii” likely references its distinct characteristics or possibly its geographical origin or food preferences.

Physical Characteristics

The Cercidita Bee boasts several identifiable traits that set it apart from other bee species. With a hairy abdomen and metallic hues of green or blue, these bees are a sight to behold in nature. Their medium antennae and hairy legs aid in their foraging activities and communication within the colony.

Ecological Significance

These bees are crucial pollinators, particularly for native plants in their habitat. The Cercidita Bee’s foraging behavior helps maintain the biodiversity of plant species and supports the overall health of ecosystems. Their role in pollination is indispensable for the reproduction of flowering plants.

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Social Behavior

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Nesting Practices

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Floral Specialization

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Natural Predators

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Conservation Status

Colletes cercidii is currently classified as [conservation status]. Efforts to conserve their habitats and protect their populations are essential to ensure their survival and continued ecological contributions.

Human Impact

Human activities such as [potential threats like habitat destruction, pesticide use, and climate change] have a significant impact on the population of Cercidita Bees. Conservation efforts are imperative to mitigate these threats and preserve their presence in the environment.

Interesting Facts

  • They are known for their intricate mating dances.
  • Female Cercidita Bees have specialized structures for carrying pollen.
  • Their metallic coloring serves as a form of camouflaging from predators.

References

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(Colletes cercidii)

  • Name: Colletes cercidii
  • Rank: species
  • ID: 1339092

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