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Southeastern blueberry bee, Habropoda laboriosa
The southeastern blueberry bee (Habropoda laboriosa) is a solitary bee in the hymenopteran family Apidae. It is found throughout the eastern United States, where it is associated with a variety of host flowers . It is an especially important pollinator of blueberries (Vaccinium sp.), and in some states is oligolectic on these hosts . H. laboriosa uses buzz-pollination, similar to bumble bees (Bombus sp.) . H. laboriosa females can visit more than 600 blueberry flowers to collect pollen for a single brood cell . Over the course of a lifetime, a single H. laboriosa female may be responsible for more than 6,000 ripe blueberries .
Female blueberry bees nest either singly or in aggregations in deep, sandy soils. They dig long, vertical burrows that end in 1-3 cells . Cells are provisioned with pollen and nectar and Dufour’s gland secretions . H. laboriosa have a single generation of offspring per year. Males emerge earlier than females and patrol nesting aggregations to find mating opportunities as virgin females emerge .
|Habropoda laboriosa genome assembly Hlab v1.0 (ASM126327v1)||SOAPdenovo||Dec 30th, 2015|
|Habropoda laboriosa ASM126327v1 GenBank Annotations||unknown||Dec 30th, 2015|
|Functional annotation of NCBI Habropoda laboriosa Annotation Release 100||AgBase functional annotation pipeline||Mar 11th, 2022|