Scientists buzzing over rare bee discovery in Northwoods

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Published: Aug. 22, 2019 at 9:58 AM CDT
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Scientists are buzzing over the discovery of a rare bee in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service scientists found the

Epeoloides pilosulus

while conducting a bee inventory in Lakewood.

Three male

Epeoloides pilosulus

were captured at Chickadee Barrens in mid-July, according to the USDA.

The last confirmed record of the bee in Wisconsin dates back to 1910.

Epeoloides pilosulus

is also known as the Cuckoo Bee.


Epeoloides pilosulus

has garnered a large amount of interest because it is considered one of the rarest bees in North America. Though long suspected to be in the Lakewood area, these are the first confirmed records of the species in Wisconsin since 1910 when it was caught in Dane county," reads a statement from the USDA.

The rare bees collect floral oils and pollens from the yellow loosestrife family.

Scientists were surveying bees as part of the