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December 17, 2019

Andrena gnaphalii, f, back, Santa Barbara, CA

Another odd ball Andrena from the Channel Islands. This one is A. gnaphalli, collected as part of a larger study of bees in climatically vulnerable National Parks. An apparent Asteraceaea specialist with some glints of green and red instead of the normal black integument. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X

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December 17, 2019

Anthophora urbana, m, back. Yolo Co., CA

Here is a series of males and females of Anthophora urbana from Yolo County, California. This bee was collected in the California Central Valley in Yolo County for research on small-scale restoration in agricultural areas. Claire Kremen's 10-year study of hedgerows shows the benefits of planting native shrubs and forbs in agricultural areas for native bees. Photos by

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December 17, 2019

Bombus griseocollis, Queen, face2, DC

Bumblebees are so charismatic. Here is a queen form downtown Washington D.C. very near the mall. 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 Speed 200,

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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

Anthidiellum notatum, L, MD, PG County

Anthidiellum - Latin dimunitive of the the larger, and more robust, genus Anthidium. This little bees often go unnoticed both because they are very small and because they are very fast...zipping from flower to flower seemingly without resting. This boss specimen came from Prince George's County and is often associated with dry, barren sites with uncommon plants in the

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December 17, 2019

Eucera dubitata, M, back, West Virginia, Pleasants County

Some ratty specimens of Eucera dubitata from West Virginia. Photos by Kamren Jefferson.

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December 17, 2019

Hylaeus sp, F, Back, Puerto Rico, Yauco

Potentially new species of Hylaeus from Puerto Rico...certainly new to the island. Collected by Sara Prado. Pictures by Brooke Alexander. 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 Speed 200. USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum ruidosense, F, Side, UT, Garfield County

Bryce Canyon, little tiny sweat bees, lots of different species. Not what people come to see, but what you now can see here because the National Park Service cares. Photography by Brooke Alexander. 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

Megachile lanata, female, face

Megachile lanata, female, GTMO, Cuba, A species originally from Africa, but now present in many of the tropical parts of the world

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December 17, 2019

Mystery Nomada, f, nj, side

Ah, here is a good story, this is a shot of a female Nomada found at the museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. I have visited their museum many times, but only this last time did I find a synoptic collection of bees from New England that was separate from the rest of their large, lovely, and old collection of bees. In a little tray labeled "Nomada festiva" were two

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December 17, 2019

Nomia spiney, m, vietnam, face

Check out the rear pointing spines at the end of the thorax on this male Nomia from Vietnam, there has to be something interesting going on there. As with other Nomia this male has expanded hind leg segments, some nice pearl banding no the abdomen, and a little color pop from the thin trailing edges of the wings from wing interference patterns. From the Packer Lab at

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December 17, 2019

phantom crane fly

Bittacomorpha clavipes - Here is a 10x shot of this lovely flies face, collected in my back yard in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Seems to have a very odd tongue. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 200mm Pentax-m with Nikon 10X infinity microscope objective lens mounted on front , Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.6, ISO 100

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