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December 17, 2019

Heriades carinatus, m, back, MD, Prince George's Co

A small thin well armored bee. Just so to fit in the abandoned burrows of powder post beetles and the like. Obliquely related to Mason bees, the females carry pollen and are notable for their use of plant resins to plug their nest holes. This one from Prince George's County. Photograph by Elizabeth Garcia. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker,

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December 17, 2019

Callistethus marginatus, U, Side, MD, Somerset

Callistethus marginatus - A scarab beetle in the Shining Leaf Chafer subfamily of the Scarab Beetles. This one from Somerset County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The photograph is taken by Betsy Bangert and Mike Burchett. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler

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December 17, 2019

Epeolus autumnalis, m, left side, Suffolk Co., MA

While the host is away the Epeolus will play. This is E. autumnalis, collected by Jessica Rykken in Massachusetts. It does not gather pollen. Rather, the female sneaketh into the nest of a Colletes while it is out gathering more food and inserts its egg into the wall of the nest. Later the egg hatches and the larva slaughters the host egg or larvae and if more than one

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December 17, 2019

Megachile exilis, m, side, Pr. George's Co., MD

One of the resin collecting bees, they are in the leaf-cutting bee genus, but separate their walls with resin rather than leaves. They love it if you drill holes in your porch posts (personal observation). This Megachile exilis males has some expanded front leg segments that help in its id...how nice. Collected in Talbot County, Maryland. Photography by Wayne Boo.

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum pavonotum, F, Side, CA, Humboldt County

A Lasioglossum with its weakened wing veins exhibiting a lovely hybrid cerulean, sky, molten blue with metallic notes offset with bright white hairs. From Redwoods National Park in California as part of a study of bees in vulnerable areas in Parks. Photograph by Brooke Alexander. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1

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December 17, 2019

Setophaga caerulescens, Black Throated Blue Warbler, U, side face

Black-throated Blue Warbler, Setophaga caerulescens, killed striking a building in Washington D.C. in 2012 during migration. Retrieved by lightsoutdc group.

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December 17, 2019

Andrena illicis, m, back, Prince George's Co, MD

From malaise traps set in the woodland bottomlands of the Patuxent River comes the uncommonly detected Andrena illicis. Here is a male with its notable orangish legs. I sometimes feel sorry for species like this, it has lived for millions of years, is not mentioned in the bible, nor John Smith's journals to the region, it is bypassed in school textbooks, and garners no

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December 17, 2019

Megachile rotundata, male, face

Another shot, and a rather charming one I think, of a male Megachile rotundata. Sierra Williams took the picture and Elizabeth Garcia did the Shopping. 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:

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December 17, 2019

Nomada rubicunda, m, side, Worchester Co, MD

Nomada rubicunda. This species is a nest parasite of bees in the genus Agapostemon....most Nomada are nest parasites of Andrena. This species is probably focused on Agapostemon splendens. Photographed by Joseph Malone and Amanda Robinson. One of only two records for Maryland, collected on fossil dunes by Jen Frye. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene

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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

aglaoapis tridentata, f,face2

Aglaoapis tridentata, Spined Goth, specimen collected by Heinrich Friese in AustriaThere are but three species of Goths, oddly scattered across the northern Old World with the Spined Goth occurring across the temperate regions, one in India, and one way down in South Africa. Perhaps their empire was once larger and intermediate populations and species have disappeared

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