New Bee Species: Human Sweat Bee is Buzzing New York City (Photo)

By on Apr 30, 2012 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments
New species of bee feeds on human sweat

New Bee species feeds on human sweat
Image Credit: Jason Gibbs/Cornell University

A newly found bee species has been creating a buzz in New York after the new breed of bee was discovered to be feeding on human sweat, according to reports by several international news sites on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

Reports say that the tiny insect is producing very little amount of honey.

Entomologist John Ascher said that the new bee species “use humans as a salt lick. They land on your arm and lap up the sweat.”

The 41-year-old Ascher is now looking at a digital catalog of 700,000 bee specimens at the American Museum of Natural History to determine what insect kingdom these new breed of bee belong.

A DNA testing to be conducted by sweat bee specialist Jason Gibbs at Cornell University will confirm the identity of the insect.

These bees reportedly prefer sweaty people due to the salty human diet. Reports say that the bees alight on a bare arm or leg almost unnoticeable.

There are about 250 species of native bees in New York City that are usually found in sidewalk cracks, traffic median strips, parks and high-rise balcony flower pots.

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