The Long-Lost Blue Bee Of Florida Rediscovered

Florida’s ultra-rare blue Calamintha bee, long thought lost, was discovered by researchers in the Lake Wales Ridge in central Florida.

The blue Calamintha is notorious for its habit of bobbing its head back and forth when it is pollinating. It then catches the pollen on its head and transfers it to its stomach.

Scientists weren’t sure the bee still existed. The plant upon which the bee depends for survival, the Calamintha ashei, is endangered in Florida. The bee has only been recorded in four locations totaling just 16 square miles within Central Florida’s Lake Wales Ridge. This spring, researchers rediscovered the heretofore unstudied bee.

“Having this bee in more abundance than what we expected is really encouraging for its survival— that it can survive in the long run,” explained Dr. Chase Kimmel, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida who rediscovered the bee.

On March 9, Kimmel and a volunteer went to put out traps to see if they could find the bees. That’s when “we saw a blue bee bopping its head,” Kimmel said. They caught it and examined it and saw that it met all the qualifications for the ultra-rare blue Calamintha bee.

Credits: Ivone de Bem Oliveira.JPG – Dr. Chase Kimmel poses with Florida’s ultra-rare Calamintha bee in central Florida in spring 2020. (Courtesy: Dr. Chase Kimmel)

Currently the bee does not have any protection status. It is considered a “species of greatest conservation need,” but has neither state nor federal protection. The main host plant that the bee utilizes, Calamintha ashei, is a state threatened species. In 2015, there was a petition to have the bee included, but it still lacks the status as there is not enough known about it for it to qualify for the endangered species list.

According to Kimmel, it is too early to know if the bee will be registered on the endangered species list because more research needs to be done. There’s still much to learn about the blue Calamintha bee. Not much is known about the bee’s biology. Does it prefer sun or shade? Such information is what Kimmel’s team will be looking into.

Credits: Chase Kimmel.JPG – A photo of Florida’s ultra-rare Calamintha bee, as seen while being observed by researchers in central Florida in spring 2020. (Courtesy: Dr. Chase Kimmel)

Kimmel added that “in an ideal world, it would be great to look at how management choices impact the plant and the population of this bee.” For example, the Florida Scrub-Jays are an endangered species, and as such, conservationists and governments have tried to protect them, which includes managing wildlife to enable them to flourish.

However, these management methods, which include burning vegetation including the flowers that support the blue Calamintha bees, could be damaging to the bee population, Kimmel explained. “Is the management for that bird the same as the management for this bee?” he poses. Other questions include how quickly does a bee return to an area that’s been burned, and how quickly does a plant regenerate to have the blossoms to support that bee.

The ongoing research is funded by a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This research falls under the grant’s qualifications to conserve important wildlife habitat and/or preventing species extinctions. “There was a lack of scientific information regarding the occurrence and life history of the bee[, and more] information was needed to make an informed determination regarding the classification status for this species under the Endangered Species Act,” according to a spokesperson at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“I haven’t found the bee in a couple of weeks,” Kimmel said, adding “I’m coming up a bit short right now.” He explains this is probably because “the season is wrapping up right now.” Finding the bee in early March as he had, he explained, was a week before anyone had ever seen it based on past insect specimens. He posits that it was because “it was a very early spring this year— it was very dry.”

According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center’s data, this March was the second warmest start to spring in Orlando, and third-warmest start for Tampa— two cities near Lake Wales Ridge.

Overall, “there are good signs the bee can recover,” according to Kimmel, provided that the bee can be studied and conserved. “Having this bee in more abundance than what we expected is really encouraging for its survival— that it can survive in the long run.”

The Blue Calamintha Bee

Women Share The Most Common Red Flags Men Should Look Out For When Dating A Woman (20 Posts)

Relationships are not as easy as the fairytales portray them. Sometimes, wrong people end up together making each other’s lives miserable. To avoid overdramatic relationships, people suggest looking at the red flags that appear right at the beginning of a connection.

If you are wondering what are those red flags, then this Reddit thread might help you where someone asked women of Reddit- “What are some immediate red flags in Women that men should look out for?” Many women shared the immediate red flags that should be enough for you to ‘RUN’ if you are not under the spell of any love potion. Scroll below to read them.

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#1

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love bombing right after meeting for the first time

#2

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When they insist that a lack of personal space equals to you not paying them enough attention. Like you can like/love someone without having to spend all your hours glued to them, or hanging on to everythingthey say.

#3

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When every photo on her IG page is a selfie of some sort.

#4

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If she thinks she can control you/ win you over through sex. I had a friend that would say; I’m going to Fu*k him so good that he will fall in love with me. She would usually say this if it was their first date.

#5

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When she gets mad at you for saying no to her. I’m not just talking about big things, if she throws a fit because you cancelled one plan, run. There are a lot of women out there that are more than ready to turn down guys but get real pissed when someone else tells them no. More trouble than its worth, and that lack of accepting no’s *will* become a problem later on. One of my old high school friends was like this, she acted as if her boyfriends should always do her bidding and that they were bad people if their worlds didn’t revolve around her.

#6

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Calls herself an empath, and says she’s more in touch with emotions than other people.

#7

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Women who are aggressive and slap or hit others then say “you can’t hit a woman.”

You can’t hit anyone Stacy.

#8

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Not necessarily immediate, but having size or $$ requirements for the wedding ring is usually a bad sign.

#9

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A woman who loves the saying, “If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best,” or something like that. I understand the premise, that a relationship needs to be handle all the up’s and down’s. However, I find that woman who really love this saying tend to be rather mean, abusive, belittling, etc. at their ‘worst’. No one deserves that.

#10

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Women who go from relationship to relationship without time to be single are usually trouble. Same goes for women who change their identity with each relationship. It doesn’t mean they’re bad people, but they clearly have issues to work through, if their self-esteem is validated through male attention.

#11

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Pretending to act dumb because she thinks it’s cute.

#12

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Expecting you to read their mind!

I’m bi and have dated a few women seriously.

I unfortunately seemed to have a type- charismatic and very social women who were also passive aggressive. They all expected me to just know when and why they were mad at me, as they would become cool and distant with me, they’d sometimes stop returning calls for periods of time, and their facial expression would appear angry. BUT, when I asked what was wrong,, repeatedly, they would only say ” nothings wrong”. They’d make me beg and plead to find out what was wrong. It was infuriating.

The last womani seriously dated decided she was just going to not take my calla suddenly for a number of days. I just got fed up and never called her again/ ended things that way. She tried to call me eventually but I’d just screen her calls and let them go to voice-mail. I was so done with the games

All women are NOT like this. But I definitely had to rethink what sort of ladies I was dating.

#13

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For men and for women, rigid gender roles. Someone who sees you more as a gender than as a person brings a whole host of problems with that mindset.

#14

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Emotional blackmail. Threatening to harm self each time anything doesn’t go her way. Threatening to tell the whole world something that’s private between the two of you whenever anything goes wrong.

#15

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“You don’t have to use a condom” Isn’t always a trap. But if it’s early in the relationship, it should be troublesome.

#16

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She says people are jealous of her. This is my number one red flag for women.

#17

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Same as guys. If all the ex boyfriends or husbands are crazy and she says she hates drama, she is crazy and starts drama.

#18

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If she always wants to be around you and gets irrationally angry with you when you want to leave for a bit..
Red flag..

#19

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When they put other women down and hang out with men all the time, to be like “one of the boys”. There’s som deep misogyny going on and most of the time that girl is VERY insecure. Trust me, I was that girl.

#20

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Not having any girlfriends because “I don’t get along with women.”




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