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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

Bombus bifarius, face, f, Mariposa CA

There are a lot of bumble bee species out there, about 50 species or so north of Mexico. Some arguments regarding species boundaries, but, bottomline is there are more than most people would suppose. Here is Bombus bifarius. Another common western bee, one a bit more likely to nest above ground than some of the others....sometimes even showing up in bird houses. This

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December 17, 2019

Ceratina moerenhouti, back, kenya

How could one not love the Genus of Ceratina? Elegant, with just the right combination of extra interesting features to keep the interest up. Note the raised clypeus in this one and the lovely fat hairs along the abdominal sections. From the collections of Sandra Rehan at the University of New Hampshire. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker,

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December 17, 2019

Osmia inspergens, F, Back, MA, Barnstable County

A bee I often associate with Sandy areas...this one captured on Cape Cod National Seashore as part of comparative studies of dune loving bees. Photo by Brook Alexander.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

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December 17, 2019

Triepeolus monardae, F, Side, GA, Baker County

A very rare bee. This one was on one of our lists of bees that have not been seen in the last 20 years until Sabrie Breland found one in southern Georgia in a old managed longleaf pine plantation. Once suspects that if as a society we were to protect and encourage more native plants and habitats more would be discovered. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D,

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December 17, 2019

rediviva, f, south africa, side

Rediviva species, Black Daddy Longlegs Oil Bee, collected in South Africa We showed the male already...here is the female.What fantastically cool bees! These bees have extremely long front legs that they use to collect oil from plants, using the oil instead of nectar as food for the larvae. At the end of their legs are sponge-like patches of hairs. When flying these

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December 17, 2019

Tibicen tibicen, Cicada, back, md, upper marlboro, pg county

Thanks to Bill Hubic and Cathy Stragar for this ID!. Thanks. sam 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 now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the

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December 17, 2019

Andrena hippotes, F, Face

Andrena hippotes is another Andrena in the Tracandrena subgenus. It does have the distinctive feature, at least in the East, of having orange legs, which helped separated out from the other Tracandrena species. However, like many of these colorations and markings in bees, it is likely to sometimes not be there. The existence and extent of these color variations is not

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December 17, 2019

Cuterebra fontinella, mouse bot fly, side

Ironically, after posting a picture of a dead white footed mouse, we post a picture of a skin warble or bot fly from the same species or species group of mice. In this case this is Cuterebra fontinella, a rather handsome fly with an interesting lifestyle. Collected as part of a large bumblebee survey by volunteers for Eric Rayfield. Photograph by Hannah Sutton.

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