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 .
Image Credit: By Jerry A. Payne [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The following features are currently present for this organism
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By Jerry A. Payne [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
|Analysis Name||Habropoda laboriosa genome assembly Hlab v1.0 (ASM126327v1)|
|Materials & Methods||Details of the assembly are available from the following publication:
Social evolution. Genomic signatures of evolutionary transitions from solitary to group living. Science. 2015 Jun 5;348(6239):1139-43. doi: 10.1126/science.aaa4788. Epub 2015 May 14.