Biology:Eulaema cingulata

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Short description: Species of orchid bee

Eulaema cingulata
The face of a large orchid bee faces the camera
A pinned specimen facing the camera demonstrating the white markings on the face
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Genus: Eulaema
E. cingulata
Binomial name
Eulaema cingulata
Fabricius (1804)[1]

Eulaema cingulata, also known as the belted orchid bee,[citation needed] is a large-bodied black and orange corbiculate bee in the genus Eulaema. It is characterized by its size and flashy orange segments of its metastoma. Unlike other Eulaema, E. cingulata has white markings on its face. Specifically, T1 andT3 are black while T2 and T4 through T7 are cream or slightly orange in color.[2] These bees are easily mistaken for bumblebees (Bombus spp.). However, they are actually members of the Euglossini, or orchid bees.


A black and orange bee viewing from the top down.
A top down view of E. cingulata demonstrating the colorful bands on the metastoma and general size of the bee.

E. cingulata can be found in the neotropics, extending its range from Mexico to Brazil.[3] They can occur at elevations as high as 2500 m[4] and persist in anthropogenically disturbed habitats.[5]


  1. "Eulaema cingulata (Fabricius, 1804)" (in en). 
  2. Hombergh, Heleen van den. (1999). Guerreros del Golfo Dulce : industria forestal y conflicto en la Península de Osa, Costa Rica /. San José, Costa Rica: Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.124155. 
  3. Andrade, Tamires de Oliveira; Ramos, Kelli dos Santos; López-Uribe, Margarita M.; Branstetter, Michael G.; Brandão, Carlos Roberto F. (2022-12-20). "Integrative approach resolves the taxonomy of Eulaema cingulata (Hymenoptera, Apidae), an important pollinator in the Neotropics" (in en). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 94: 247–269. doi:10.3897/jhr.94.91001. ISSN 1314-2607. 
  4. McCravy, Kenneth W.; Dyke, Joseph Van; Creedy, Thomas J.; Roubik, David W. (December 2016). "Orchid Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini) of Cusuco National Park, State of Cortés, Honduras" (in en). Florida Entomologist 99 (4): 765–768. doi:10.1653/024.099.0431. ISSN 0015-4040. 
  5. O’Neill, Kevin M.; O’Neill, Ruth P.; Delphia, Casey M.; Burkle, Laura A.; Runyon, Justin B. (2023-02-20). "Diversity and distribution of orchid bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae, Euglossini) in Belize" (in en). PeerJ 11: e14928. doi:10.7717/peerj.14928. ISSN 2167-8359. PMID 36846459. 

Wikidata ☰ Q1827232 entry