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December 17, 2019

Megachile pugnata pomona, m, right, Mariposa, CA

A large hole nesting leaf cutter. This is a male Megachile pugnata (subspecies pomona) from Yosemite. Check out the greatly expanded pale segments of the front legs. These are used in mating and lain over the females eyes. People make up all sorts of stories with that information, but we really don't know that details about why that is a useful feature. A number of

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December 17, 2019

Anthidiellum notatum gilense, m, side, Cochise Co. AZ

Collected in the deserts of Cochise County in Arizona as part of the famous Bee Course there by Tim McMahon, these speedy little bees are found throughout much of North America. At this moment these are considered a "subspecies" rather than full species but if you compare the visuals on these specimen to those of eastern species you will see that while the body form is

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December 17, 2019

Anthophora walshii, f, face, Pennington Co., SD

We go, once again, to one of my favorite parts of the world, the Badlands of South Dakota. Among several types of Anthophora exists a nicely woke-up white banded species called Anthophora walshii. This species has an interesting distribution, it is almost entirely found in the prairies bumping up to the western mountain ranges. But, this species also shows up in a few

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December 17, 2019

Florilegus condignus loop, F, side, Charles Co., Maryland

I heart Pickerelweed would read the bumper sticker on this bee as the female pictured here would only feed her babies pollen collected from the interior of marshes with blooming Pickerelweed. This one was collected as part of a survey of Indian Head Naval Base just south of Washington D.C. on the Potomac and, indeed they have freshwater tidal creeks filled with

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December 17, 2019

velvetbean caterpillar, headside

Anticarsia gemmatalis - Velvetbean Caterpillar - Soybean eater....this species can't overwinter in most of North America but moves north to populate bean and legume fields in large enough numbers to become a major pest, but like our other pesty moths...pretty sharp looking when you get to know them personally. Specimen provided by Benzon Research. Photography Information

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December 17, 2019

Agapostemon nasutus, m, right, Bagaces, Costa Rica

Gliding in from Costa Rica comes a moderalely large, moderately green bee. An Agapostemon nasutus. There are a lot of the these bright green bees out there...Not just in C.R. but throughout the Americas. Beautiful, and once you start paying attention, quite common. But are there any songs written about them? No. Poems? Zero. Green Bee Secret Societies? Nope. This

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December 17, 2019

Cotesia congregata, u, Kester Lab, right

Cotesia congregata - a little parasite of caterpillars. This one is from Karen Kester's lab in Richmond where she and her gradstudents raise them and discover things about the host (Sphinx moths I believe) parasite relationship. Photo by Greta Forbes. 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

Perdita asteris, female, side

Perdita asteris, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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December 17, 2019

Leptinotarsa juncta, side, pg county, md

The False Potato Beetle. Closely related to the Colorado Potato Beetle, but prefers other potato relatives such as Horsenettle. Proportions, colors, layout....exquisite. Collected by the fabulous potato beetle researcher Don Weber at the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-

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December 17, 2019

Sphecodes tainoi, F, Back, Puerto Rico, St. Isabel

A species of Sphecodes tainoi captured in agriculture areas of Puerto Rico by Sara Prado. This is a new island recordfor the island.Notice the lovely WIPs (Wing Interference Patterns)

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December 17, 2019

Coelioxys porterae, male, side

Coelioxys porterae, male, Maine, Acadia National Park