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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

Dynastes tityus, f, front face, MD

Eastern Hercules Beetle, Female, Old, Found on the Ground, Scarred, Dirty, Ancient, Maryland, Dynastes tityus, Grubs live in rotten logs, HUGE. Found by Jessica Zelt while going on a walk. Pictures by Amanda Robinson. 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

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December 17, 2019

Hoplitis fulgida, m, face, Mariposa CA

The equally bright but skinny version of Hoplitis fulgida. More bees from Yosemite National Park in California by Claire Kremen's group. Photo by Anders Croft. 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

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December 17, 2019

Andrena confederata, f, back, Pr Georges Co, MD

An uncommon spring bee, this is Andrena confederata. This bee, occurs in low numbers throughout the region. There are relatively few records, but my impression is that it likely occurs regularly in the right situations. What those situations are and what the habitats they prefer might be, is unclear. Nothing new, so much to learn about bees. Photography by Hannah Sutton.

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum ruidosense, F, Face, 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, back

Guantánamo Bay Cuba is not widely known for its bee fauna. But it should be. Sean Brady and I collected there for a number of years and we were able to obtain over one third of all the known bees from Cuba, including several new species. The species here, Megachile lanata, is not a new species and in fact is found throughout the world as a tramp. It hides in shipping

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December 17, 2019

Mystery Nomada, f, nj, face

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

Andrena illini, F, face, Maryland, Somerset County

Andrena Illini. Named after the University of Illinois football team by Wally LaBerge. While he was one of the great taxonomy experts that we recently lost. He was a specialist in Andrena and Melissodes and dabbled in several other genera of bees. This particular B is a large one in the spring one, I associated with blackberry blossoms, but like others of its group it

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December 17, 2019

Bombus insularis, F, face, Park Co, WY

From Yellowstone National Park comes the powerful Bombus insularis, and this parasite of other bumblebees is one bad ass bee. collected as part of a high elevation study of the Alpine areas throughout the United States, with the idea that climate change first reaches the tops of things and the bottom of things (oceans that is). We are still writing up the results, so stay

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December 17, 2019

Chiasmognathus cf gussakovskii, u, tadjikistan, face

Chiasmognathus c.f. gussakovskii, Cross Mandibled Bee, specimen collected by Wojciech Pulawksi in TajikistanVery small bees have very small nest parasites. In this case the very small mini-bees in the genus Nomioides which do collect pollen and nectar, also have their very own super small (2-4mm) mini-mini-bees that raid their nests and leave eggs behind to hatch, kill

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