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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Tribe: Euglossini
Genus: Eulaema
Lepeletier, 1841

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c. 25 species

Eulaema is a genus of large-bodied euglossine bees that occur primarily in the Neotropics.

They are robust brown or black bees, hairy or velvety and often striped with yellow or orange, typically resembling bumblebees. They lack metallic coloration as occurs in the related genus Eufriesea.[1]


Eulaema is found from Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), Misiones (Argentina) and Paraguay[2] to northern Mexico with occasional strays into the United States[3]



  1. ^ Michener, C. D. (2000). The Bees of the World. Johns Hopkins University Press. 913 pp.
  2. ^ dos Anjos-Silva et al. 2006
  3. ^ Minckley, R. L., S. G. Reyes (1996). Capture of the orchid bee, Eulaema polychroma (Friese) (Apidae: Euglossini) in Arizona, with notes on northern distributions of other Mesoamerican bees. J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 69(1): 102-104.


  • 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.
  • 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
  • "Eulaema". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 

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