Side View -- the Original Mystery Bee (IMAGE) Canadian Museum of Nature Caption Side (lateral) view of the "mystery" bee: This is the holotype specimen of the mystery bee, collected in the 1870s, which was named <em>Brachymelecta mucida</em>. It is now understood to be an aberrant specimen of <em>Brachymelecta californica</em>, the California digger-cuckoo bee. Credit Thomas Onuferko, Canadian Museum of Nature Usage Restrictions In conjunction with the story. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.