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Eight beautiful new iridescent "island-hopping" bee species found in Polynesia

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Way back in the 1930s, American entomologist Elwood Zimmerman discovered three tiny beautiful bees on tahetahe flowers in Polynesia. While the bees themselves were beautiful, what fascinated subsequent entomologists the most was how these tiny insects came to be on the islands – over 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) away from the nearest other bee population in Hawai'i and 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) away from Australia. Well, 59 years later the mystery has finally been solved thanks to some long-handled nets.


The paper is published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

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