Sweat Equity: Newbie New Bee Lives Off New York’s Nectar

We recently saw how a new species of frog was found in New York City. However, that pales in comparison to the latest new species found in the Big City — a new bee that lives off the sweat of humans. Now if we can only show him flipping off other bees during rush hour, it is the final proof of how a particular environment will lead to perfect adaptation through evolution.


The newbie new bee is only the size of a sesame seed and, according to entomologist John Ascher, uses “humans as a salt lick.” Like many New Yorkers, the bees came to the city to live rather than produce — they do not make much honey and their sting is barely a pinprick.

The bee has been named Lasioglossum gotham and shows that humans were not the first to develop claims of sweat equity on and off Broadway.

Source: Daily Mail

13 thoughts on “Sweat Equity: Newbie New Bee Lives Off New York’s Nectar”

  1. Dredd,
    “It should get some of your 99% workin’ … if ya know what I mean”

    No, I don’t, but that’s not unusual.

    Our garden has 3 biotopes, all hopeless but pure. The bottom is the sandy remains of a seashore, just 3 feet of sand over solid granite. The middle is a worked out small farm lot, no mineral value; but tell that to the 7 oaks, and the hazelnut trees. It is also loved by red plants (fungi) who are ??? living off that produced by other plants, no chlorophyll. The terrain rises up a cliff, 85 steps to a pine forest on a splintered granite bed. 300 rhodos, a glass windowed gazebo, and much more complete the picture.
    The bugs love us, including the ticks with borellia and encephalitis.
    The badgers love eating cats, the moose our apples, the mice whatever they can find; and we the flowers.

  2. idealist707 1, April 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I’ll bet this in one Medal of Freedom which won’t headline Fox News.

    The horsefly and its relative here do bite, and don’t sting. Either way it’s hell.
    =======================================
    As Woosty’s post, supra, shows … there is more than one way to bridge a gap in .

    We use flowers around our vegetables, flowers that repel harmful insects, and we cultivate our lady bug friends, who also keep the destructive impulses expressed as destructive insects down.

    Power corrupts everything from microbes to the destroyers of ecosystems.

    Also Idealist707, play some of this farm music (video) once in awhile around your garden, because it drives the harmful ones into taxis (a state of yellow journalism).

    It should get some of your 99% workin’ … if ya know what I mean.

  3. I’ll bet this in one Medal of Freedom which won’t headline Fox News.

    The horsefly and its relative here do bite, and don’t sting. Either way it’s hell.

  4. Frankly,
    I thought of sweat bees as well when I read this. This new one at least doesn’t appear to be painful when it stings. Seems strange that a bee in NYC wouldn’t be painful? 🙂

  5. The following is a quote from a message by Bob Dylan about New York:

    So all you newsy people, spread the news around
    You c’n listen to m’ story, listen to m’ song
    You c’n step on my name, you c’n try ’n’ get me beat
    When I leave New York, I’ll be standin’ on my feet
    And it’s hard times in the city
    Livin’ down in New York town

    (Hard Times In New York Town, 1962).

  6. The following is a quote from a message sent by some Aliens investigating Planet Earth when they were reporting back to Myscopia:

    Public showers might be an answer. Anyone who has been there knows that the people stink. They had public showers but got rid of most of them years ago. When a fire hydrant is knocked off kilter by a truck the kids will try to shower off. It is Darwinian. Most immigrants who got off the boat at Ellis Island got the hell out of there tout suite. The dumb stayed and intermarried. They developed their own language. See a Tv show called Jay Leno. We stay out in some place somewhat less smelly called New Jersey and venture in for our investigations. If one asks a yorkie about the stink they will say something to the effect of: Hod da nose.

  7. Interesting. While visiting in-laws near the Iowa -Missouri boarder I was introduced to a thing they called a “sweat bee”. It was yellow with black stripes & looked like a regular bee but they seemed attracted to the line of sweat on my forehead and the had a painful bite, like a horse fly.

    I wonder if there is any connection between the two.

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