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Exaerete frontalis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Tribe: Euglossini
Genus: Exaerete
Hoffmannsegg, 1817 [1]

Exaerete is a genus of euglossine bees[2] found from Mexico to northern Argentina.[3] Like all orchid bees, they are restricted to the Neotropics. All but one species is metallic green,[3] and they are cleptoparasites in the nests of other euglossines in the genera Eufriesea and Eulaema.[4][5] It contains the following species:[5]


  1. ^ "Exaerete Hoffmannsegg, 1817". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Sydney A. Cameron (2004). "Phylogeny and biology of Neotropical orchid bees (Euglossini)". Annual Review of Entomology. 49: 377–404. doi:10.1146/annurev.ento.49.072103.115855. PMID 14651469. 
  3. ^ a b Evandson J. dos Anjos-Silva, Evandro Camillo & Carlos A. Garáfalo (2006). "Occurrence of Aglae caerulea Lepeletier & Serville (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini) in the Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso State, Brazil". Neotropical Entomology. 35 (6): 868–870. doi:10.1590/S1519-566X2006000600024. 
  4. ^ Norris H. Williams & W. Mark Whitten (1983). "Orchid floral fragrances and male euglossine bees: methods and advances in the last sesquidecade". The Biological Bulletin. 164 (3): 355–395. doi:10.2307/1541248. JSTOR 1541248. 
  5. ^ a b Andre Nemesio (2011). "Exaerete salsai sp. n. (Hymenoptera: Apidae): a new orchid bee from eastern Brazil" (PDF excerpt). Zootaxa. 2967: 2–20. 

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