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Researchers ‘shocked’ to find ultra rare blue bee thought to be extinct

Researchers in Florida rediscovered a metallic blue bee that was deemed so rare, scientists weren’t sure it still existed, according to a report this month. Chase Kimmel, a postdoctoral researcher at the Florida Museum of Natural History rediscovered the bee on March 9, which was the first time one had been spotted since 2016. “We observed a shiny little blue bee grabbing (an Ashe’s calamint flower) and rubbing its head on the top portion of the flower 2-3 times,” Kimmel’s statement said, according to the Naples Daily News. “That behavior is unusual and a unique characteristic of the blue calamintha bee: ‘We were pretty shocked to see it.'” The blue calamintha bee — or Osmia calaminthae — is known for having unusu ...