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December 17, 2019

Beetle deep blue, back, SD, Badlands

A deep dimensional ethereal midnight blue, this picture only partially portraits the subtle beauty of this beetle captured on a flower during our study of pollinator webs in the Badlands

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December 17, 2019

Hylaeus sparsus, m, face, Shenandoah, VA

A rare Masked Bee. This is Hylaues sparsus. It shows up here and there, hard to say where its niche is in the world. No one catches many of them. Can't really pin a habitat on them or a focal plant that they have their favorite pollen. If you are paying attention it is easy to identify as the front Coxae (the segments connecting legs to thorax) have sharp, acute spikes

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December 17, 2019

Angel Bee, f, ga, baker county

Ah, if angels were bees this would be one. However, if you were a Colletes bee you would not think so since the Angel Bee would invade your home, lay an egg, leave and later the Angel Bee baby would kill your baby and eat all your food. So life goes. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro

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December 17, 2019

Chelone glabra 4, White turtlehead, Howard County, Md, Helen Lowe Metzman

White turtlehead. Chelone glabra. A good bumble bee plant and host for the Maryland State Butterfly, the Baltimore Checkerspot. Photo and specimen by Helen Lowe Metzman. Howard County, Maryland. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter

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December 17, 2019

Osmia species, m, side, bright green, San Francisco, CA

An Osmia...one of the group of western species that are bright shiny green instead of the more common dark metallic blue. This one was found in a bee garden in San Francisco under study by Jaime Pawelek. Am pinging Jaime to see if she knows what species this could be. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro

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December 17, 2019

Sand Wasp. Female. Cuba. Side

Sand Wasp, female, Sand Wasp...hunts flies for its nest. Bembix americana antilleana, female, Sand Wasp from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglosum gotham, Female, Back, MD

Lasioglossum gotham is a small sweat bee, that I find mostly in the early spring, mostly in Woodlands and I suspect it is very much keyed in to nesting in upturned root masses of trees in those woodlands. A fun study would be to look at what sort of bees and wasps use these upturned root masses for nesting habitat, in many places it's the only open soil available,

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December 17, 2019

Megachile species

Unknown Megachile Species from the Dominican Republic

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December 17, 2019

Diadasia australis, m, face, Jackson Co., SD

Fuzzy, round-headed, and big are a pretty good short cut to the ID of Diadasia bees. Westerners, they, in a very casual pocket prairie sort of way make East of the Mississippi River. The bulk of the population is in dry natural areas from the middle prairies to the West. Here is a common one from our work in the Badlands of South Dakota. At times, you can find them

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December 17, 2019

Stelis australis, F, face, Sandhills NWR, South Carolina

Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina, nest parasite of other bee species

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December 17, 2019

Wasp, U, side, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic - Presumably an Ensign wasp?floating in hand sanitizer in a quartz cuvette