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December 17, 2019

Ancyloscelis, f, back, La Cruz, Costa Rica

Tim McMahon hunted down this Ancyloscelis in Costa Rica. The long tongue on this relatively small bee is a thing. This group as a whole has an affinity for flowers with long carollas. In particular, the love morning glories. Which is interesting, because you don't really see morning glories in the seed mix for pollinator plots. Yet, this group of plants is one of a number

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December 17, 2019

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Ctenoplectra, Unknown Blue-tailed Oil Mopping Bee, collected in Thailand by the Thailand Inventory Group for Entomological ResearchAnother Oil Mopping Bee, this an Asian one from Thailand rather than from Africa . Here is a good shot of the large scraper or comb this female has on her hind tibia. This comb is used after visiting flowers to remove floral oils that

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December 17, 2019

Andrena vicina, f, right side, Hardy Co., WV

Ah, Andrena vicina one of several Andrena or mining bees that feed their babies almost entirely the pollen of blueberries. This large, honey bee sized Andrena is noteworthy for the dark pollen carrying hairs on its legs. It, and other blueberry bees when alighting upon the blueberry flower sing a song of just the right frequency to shake the pollen out of the pores of

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December 17, 2019

Symplocarpus foetidus, skunk

ns, 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 halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.

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December 17, 2019

Colletes phaceliae, f, side, Pennington Co, South Dakota

The bee genus Colletes...also known as Cellophane Bees because of their habitat of lining their cells with a plastic like substance...is full of relatively uncommon bees that specialist on a the pollen of a small number of plants or groups of plants. This may be the case with C. phaceliae given its name...but I am not clear. This bees was colleted at Badlands National

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December 17, 2019

Hoplitis truncata, m, back, Prince George's Co., MD

Hoplitis truncata. An uncommon Hoplitis that shows up here and there, but never in large numbers. Not well known and its roll and preferences in the world of flowers is also unclear. This is a rather ratty male I collected somewhere near home...will have to keep my eyes open for additional specimens. Notice the little pointed tip on the ends of the antennae...something

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December 17, 2019

Mink, M, Foot, toe pad, MD, PG County, Bowie

The foot of the American Mink: Neovison vison. A lovely male freshly killed where a stream crosses the road in the progenitor of all suburbs: Bowie, Maryland. All sorts of things exist in these seeming wastelands. The head was crushed but the paws were beautiful...if you look closely the pads have their own fingerprints and I could feel the kinship with the babies I

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December 17, 2019

Rove Beetle, u, back, DC

Found near the National Mall in Washington D.C. in mulch. Genus/ Species identification would be lovely.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,

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December 17, 2019

Colletes kincaidii, f, back, Grant Co., Hyannis, NE

Another mid-summer Colletes from the central prairies. Note the "cute" face with the inner edges of the eyes converging towards the mouth. For some reason this automatically makes a bee cute compared to the standard bee face format that most species display. I am note sure of the preferences of this species but many Colletes use pollen from only a small number of plants

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