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December 17, 2019

Heteropteran, U, side, Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic,floating in hand sanitizer in a cuvette Heteropteran, species unknown

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum halophitum, F, face, Florida, St. Johns County

Captured as part of a Global Climate Change investigation in National Park Dune systems, yet another tricky Dialictus is photographed here. As the name suggests it is a lover of salt, in this case, salt marshes.. Photograph taken by Kamren Jefferson, bee captured in Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

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December 17, 2019

Bidens cernua, Nodding Beggartick backside flower, Howard County, Md

Beggar's-Ticks of the Nodding variety. Showy, and, at times, filling ditches in low areas of Maryland. One of the native plants that seems to be happy with disturbed environments and they come with barbed seeds that stick to the coats of animals and the coats of people with equal vigor. Lots of yellow in the fall...beautiful. Specimens and pictures by Helen Lowe

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December 17, 2019

Centris lanipes, U, Face, Puerto Rico

A small Centris species take by Sara Prado in Puerto Rico

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum-nymphaearum,-female,-side

Lasioglossum nymphaearum, female, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan, September 2011

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December 17, 2019

Megachile species, f, 15266b06, face, kenya

From Kenya comes one of the many flavors of Megachile...or leaf cutting bees, though this species likely does not cut leaves as you can see from the lack of cutting edges on its mandibles, more likely its paddle like mandibles are made for moving mud around. Nice visual signal with the bright white reflecting hairs on the jet black background, one has to wonder why that

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December 17, 2019

Nomada maculata, m, face, Charles Co. Maryland

The only bidentate Nomada I feel comfortablish identifying. All the rest blend together morphologically and maybe molecularly. This is one of the largest and most common of the bidentates and has a unique set of tibial spurs (which is not saying much) and some general coloration patterns that are helpful. Collected in Charles County, Maryland USA. Picture by Amanda

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December 17, 2019

Peponapis pruinosa, f, back, Centre Co., PA

Laura Russo collected these lovely squash bees (Peponapis pruinosa) near State College, Pennsylvania. Aptly named, this bee only feeds its young on the pollen of Cucurbita (pumpkins, squash, gourds and the like). This genus is native to the hemisphere....peaking in numbers in the Mexican highlands, but do not occur naturally in Pennsylvania (too cold). However because

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December 17, 2019

Anthidium illustre, m, back, 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

Stalactites Stalagmites, End, VT, Jefferson Memorial

This is a little tiny stalactite that grey in the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. This is an experimental shot from some material given to me by the Geology Division at USGS. Right now just playing around with light set ups and photoshopping...comments welcome. Photograph by Brooke Alexender. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot

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December 17, 2019

Wasp, U, face, Jackson Co., S. Dakota

Unknown Sphecid wasp from Badlands National Park in South Dakota collected as part of a large survey of the bees of the park. Photograph taken by Wayne Boo.Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200, link to a .pdf of our set up is located in our profile

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December 17, 2019

Cicada shell, face, upper marlboro, md

Roooooarrrrrr!, Danger, creature from the black lagoon. Or...not. Here we have a close up look at the many interesting features that are left behind when a cicada emerges. This one was in my backyard and left his/her full body suit behind on the shed. Insects are just weird sometimes, how do they go from something that looks like a land crab to a zippy green flying

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