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October 22, 2020

100 Years of Service to Migratory Bird Conservation in North America

This year, the USGS is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their Bird Banding Laboratory and a century of advancing avian conservation science. Banding is one of the oldest and most important techniques used for studying individual birds. John Tautin, former Chief of the Bird Banding Lab and co-author of Bird Banding in North America: The First Hundred Years, will join

Red-crowned cranes
March 18, 2020

Red-crowned cranes

Photo Contest Winner | March 2020 | Where We Work
Red-crowned cranes at USGS Wildlife Toxicology site visit to Kushiro Marsh, Japan

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December 17, 2019

Macropis nuda, head, f, ma, veit powerline

Another Macropis from transmission lines from NH and MA. This species (M. nuda) is also a Lysimachia specialist and the female's bright white pollen carrying hairs and likely the hairs under the abdomen soak up oils which are used by the female to add to pollen to create the food for their young. Collected by Michael Veit and part of a study run by David Wagner.

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December 17, 2019

Andrena barbilabris, U, Face, MD, Howard County

Andrena barbilabris "“ A male captured in Howard County, Picture taken by Brooke Alexander

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December 17, 2019

Monotropa uniflora 2, Ghost Pipe, Howard County, Md, Helen Lowe Metzman

Ghost Pipe, nice name for the parasitic plant. Who knew that it is now considered to be part of the Heath family with kinship to blueberries and cranberries. Pollinators go to the ghost pipe too. Plant and photo by Helen Lowe Metzman. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in

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December 17, 2019

Megachile gemula, F, Face, PG county, MD

A lovely leaf-cutting bee from Prince George's County, Maryland. Photograph by Colby Francoeur, 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, link to a .pdf of our set up is located in our profile

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December 17, 2019

bee reddish, f, argentina, angle

Parapsaenythia, Red Hairyeye Andrenid, collected in Argentina by Natalia VeigaBees rarely have hair coming out from between the facets of their eyes. The Honey Bee is the obvious one, with its long hairs used for navigation. Most members of the common cuckoo bee genus Coelioxys also have hairy eyes, but those hairs are generally short and, nothing is known of their

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December 17, 2019

Eriotremex formosanus, F, side, Blount County, Tennessee

Eriotremex formosanus, A giant introduced horntail from Asia found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN

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December 17, 2019

centepede

More experiments. This is a small centipede found under a board in my yard in Upper Marlboro, MD. It is possibly and immature, but am unsure of how to tell. Taken at 10x with our new lens sytem while floating in a cuvette filled with hand sanitizer. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 200mm Pentax-m with Nikon 10X infinity

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December 17, 2019

Coelioxys sodalis, M, Side, NY, Pullout by river

This is the male of a species that parasitizes Megachile (leaf cutter nests) by laying their eggs in the nest of the host, after which the young Coelioxys sodalis emerges and kills the host larvae and consumes the pollen and nectar of the host's young. About 20% of all bees work on this model. This particular bee is a northern and mountain one, collected on an expedition

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December 17, 2019

Hylaeus species, f, 15266a12, angled, kenya

a lovely lady Hylaeus from Kenya, one of the specimens from the Packer lab that did not make it into the upcoming book. It was a very dirty specimen originally, lots of dust and pollen, thank goodness for photoshop. Also experimented with using the augmentation brush to pull light into dark spots, darken off excess eyeshine, and help with pin removal. It feels more and

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December 17, 2019

Triepeolus sp101, m, back, Cochise Co., AZ

A currently unnamed species of Triepeolus, given the placeholder name of T. species 101 by Molly Rightmyer in here studies of the group. We hope to see it published with a name soon. Unclear what its host might be. This one was collected by Tim McMahon in the wilds of Cochise County, Arizona. Pictures by Brooke Alexander. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D,

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