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December 17, 2019

Ceratina buscki, f, panama, side

Ceratina buscki a very small shiny green species from Panama as collected by Sandra Rehan as part of her studies. Ceratina species are almost always stem nesters in the soft pith of brambles and other small woody plants and can be one of the most common bees in some areas. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X

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December 17, 2019

Anthidium illustre, m, face, Bray 1, CA

Background fun. Note that in one picture in this series we put a background of grass in our mini-insect studio in front of the black velvet curtain. What do you think ...pro? con?This is Anthidium illustre a snappy looking beast from the Rocky Mountains west. I know that this specimen came from Clare Kremen's group and am pretty sure it came from their Central Valley

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December 17, 2019

Megachile-armaticeps,-female,-face

Megachile armaticeps. Cuba, GTMO, Female, note the structures on the clypeus! June 2011

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December 17, 2019

Perdita asteris, female, side

Perdita asteris, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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December 17, 2019

Circaea quadrisulcata, Enchanter's Nightshade

What a beautiful name, ... an overlooked plant of woodlands, now I am wondering what its pollinators might be...when does it bloom, seems like maybe middle of summer when most of the bees are absent. Specimen and picture by Helen Lowe Metzman. 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

Halictus confusus, m, back, Prince George's Co., MD

Once of our dirtball species. Common, found almost everywhere including people's gardens and in our agricultural fields. This is group (Halictus) if often identifiable in the males by the the dark spot/section on the outer face of the hind tibia. If you don't key in on that they are often misidentified as Lasioglossum species, which have many species that have the dark

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum heterorhinum, F, Face, UT, Garfield County

Bryce Canyon national Park in Utah has yet another small black bee, this could probably be said of any national Park but in this case it is Lasioglossum heterorhinum. Which has both a complicated and mellow name. Photographed by Brooke Alexander. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash

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December 17, 2019

bee pale tan, f, colombia, angle

Osiris, Atlatl Godbee, Collected in ColombiaThe ancient Egyptian God Osiris was associated with both the afterlife and a greenish skin, and at least indirectly with Honey Bees. While early entomologists liked to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge naming genera according to classical Roman, Greek or, in this case Egyptian deities, the name in this case might be less

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December 17, 2019

Tarpela micans, U, Back, NC, Buncombie County

Collected , in Glycol trap, Tarpela micans, with lovely oil can sheen, identified by Warren Steiner

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December 17, 2019

Andrena cragini, M, Face, SD, Pennington County

Andrena cragini, male, new species record for South Dakota from Badlands National Park as part of a park wide inventory, this small Andrena species appears to be a Leadplant pollen specialist, Joyce, Colby, and Amber

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December 17, 2019

Andrena-fragilis,-female,-side

Andrena fragilis, June 2012, Cecil County, Maryland