While they may sound like something out of a fairytale, bright blue bees are in fact, real.
If you didn’t know, the bee population doesn’t only come in yellow and black, in fact, they come in a different set of colors than what you might have already guessed.
Even though some bees are named after the iconic yellow color like the yellow jackets, this type of bee is unlike the regular yellow bumble bee your used to seeing during the warmer weather months.
Enter: The blue bee species!
That’s right, the small insect that pollinates the flowers in your backyard are blue and black while some of them are even striped like a zebra.
In fact, there are several species of bees colored blue including the Blue Orchard Mason Bee, the Metallic Blue Bee, the Blue Carpenter Bee, and the Neon Cuckoo Bee.
Similar to how no two snowflakes are the same, depending on the type of blue bee species, not every blue bee has the same amount of blue color.
While some feature a brighter blue color and other bees are a darker shade of blue, some of these blue bees even look iridescent like, similar to the blue iridescent cup sitting on Starbuck’s shelves that sparkle when it catches the sun’s rays.
Blue bees are very real but they are also rare. So, we have to do everything we can to protect the bee population, even the blue ones.