Other Common Names
green orchid bee or dilemma orchid bee
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
A cryptic species formerly misidentified as Euglossa viridissima
Brilliant metallic green with "inflated" hind legs, used to store floral oils. (1)
If you see their tongue, it's is nearly as long as its body. (1)
Florida. Native range is Mexico to Costa Rica.
Recorded on Cheilocostus
. The Hosts section on its Discover Life species page
lists known associations based on specimen records and images.
Males visit particular species of neotropical orchids and use the fragrance for courtship.
Females build nests that may contain up to twenty cells.
A recent arrival in Florida from the Neotropics (most likely Mexico).
First identified as Euglossa viridissima, but further study revealed that E. viridissima as previously defined consisted of two cryptic species, and the one present in Florida was new to science