11 New Bee Species Discovered in Eastern United States

Lasioglossum gotham nest

Eleven new species of bees, including four from New York City and its suburbs, have been discovered with the help of the vast digital and physical bee collections at the American Museum of Natural History. The newly described sweat bees–small-to-medium-sized bees named for their attraction to the salt in human sweat–are presented by Cornell University postdoctoral researcher Jason Gibbs in a paper in the journal Zootaxa.