New bee species discovered in downtown Toronto


Apparently, the downtown core is a hub of biological diversity. Yes, there are more than just pigeons and bed bugs.

York University researcher Jason Gibbs discovered a new species of bee in downtown Toronto, which he has named Lasioglossum Ephialtum. Gibbs has identified 19 new species of sweat bees across Canada.

Sweat bees are named for their attraction to perspiration (bad news in this heat?) and can be tough to identify. But Gibbs says it's important to identify species, "because if we don't know what bees we have, we can't know what bees we're losing."


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