A new hope: One of North America's rarest bees has its known range greatly expanded
16 / 04 / 2018, Eureka Alert
The Macropis cuckoo bee is one of the rarest bees in North America, partly because of its specialized ecological associations. It is a nest parasite of oil-collecting bees of the genus Macropis which, in turn, are dependent on oil-producing flowers of the genus Lysimachia. However, new data from Canada, published in a paper in the open-access Biodiversity Data Journal, greatly expands the known range of the cuckoo, and has implications for its conservation status.