Why so blue?
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This submission won second place in the 2019 Images of Research competition. The competition celebrates undergraduate contributions to research at the University of Texas. This submission was selected for the way it communicate science, and the excitement of unexpected discovery, to a general audience. The following caption accompanied the image submission: Texas is home to nearly 800 bee species. Beyond the introduced European honeybee, native Texas bees come in an astonishing variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Conserving pollinator diversity is critical for habitat health through pollination service. Each species plays an important part in a habitat’s ecology, like this blue mason bee.