Bright green orchid bees filmed in Ecuadorian rainforest

EcuadorMegadiversoPublished: June 29, 2018Updated: July 2, 2018883 views
Published: June 29, 2018Updated: July 2, 2018

This footage from Jardín Botánico "Las Orquídeas" in Puyo, Ecuador shows orchid bees (metallic green) and eulaema (yellow, black and brown) collecting perfume from the tulip orchid in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. These orchids do not produce nectar to attract pollinators, but fragrances which are collected by male orchid bees in order to seduce females. The bees collect perfume with brushes on their forelegs and transfer it in flight via the middle legs to cavities on the enlarged hind legs.

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