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Male Euglossa sp.jpg
Male of unidentified Euglossa species
A female Euglossa hyacinthina shaping resin along the rim of the growing nest envelope - JHR-029-015-g001D.jpeg
Female E. hyacinthina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Subfamily: Apinae
Tribe: Euglossini
Genus: Euglossa
Latreille, 1802
> 110 species

Euglossa is a genus of orchid bees (Euglossini). Like all their close relatives, they are native to the Neotropics; an introduced population exists in Florida. They are typically bright metallic blue, green, coppery, or golden.

Euglossa intersecta (formerly known as E. brullei) is morphologically and chromatically atypical for the genus, and resembles the related Eufriesea in a number of characters including coloration.[1]


Euglossa occurs naturally from Mexico to Paraguay, northern Argentina and Jamaica,[2] but one species (E. viridissima) has recently been introduced to Florida in the United States [3]



  1. ^ Williams & Whitten 1983: 387
  2. ^ dos Anjos-Silva 2006
  3. ^ Skov, C.; Wiley, J. (2005). "Establishment of the Neotropical Orchid Bee Euglossa Viridissima (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Florida". Florida Entomologist 88 (2): 225. doi:10.1653/0015-4040(2005)088[0225:EOTNOB]2.0.CO;2. 
  4. ^ Nemésio 2011
  5. ^ Nemésio 2012


  • dos Anjos-Silva, Evandson J.; Camillo, Evandro & Garófalo, Carlos A. (2006): Occurrence of Aglae caerulea Lepeletier & Serville (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini) in the Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso State, Brazil. Neotrop. Entomol. 35(6) doi:10.1590/S1519-566X2006000600024
  • Nemésio, André (2011): Euglossa marianae sp. n. (Hymenoptera: Apidae): a new orchid bee from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and the possible first documented local extinction of a forest-dependent orchid bee. Zootaxa 2892: 59-68.
  • Nemésio, André (2012): Species of the Euglossa Latreille, 1802 (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossina) belonging to the purpurea species group occurring in eastern Brazil, with description of Euglossa monnei sp.n. Zootaxa 3151: 35-52.
  • Williams, Norris H. & Whitten, W. Mark (1983): Orchid floral fragrances and male euglossine bees: methods and advances in the last sesquidecade. Biol. Bull. 164: 355-395.
  • "Euglossa". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 
  • Nemésio, A., (2007): Three new species of Euglossa Latreille (Hymenoptera: Apidae) from Brazil. Zootaxa, vol. 1547, p. 21-31

Further reading[edit]

  • Roubik, D. W. (1989): Ecology and natural history of tropical bees. New York: Cambridge Univ. Press.
  • Cameron, Sydney A.( 2004): Phylogeny and Biology of Neotropical Orchid Bees (Euglossini). Annual Review of Entomology 49: 377-404. doi:10.1146/annurev.ento.49.072103.115855

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