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December 17, 2019

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly, U, Body 1, PG County, Maryland

Calopteryx maculata, Ebony Jewelwing, Beltsville, Maryland Stream, Male June 2013

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December 17, 2019

Hoplitis sambuci, m, back, Bray 2, CA

A large Hoplitis from the West Coast. Specifically from Yosemite National Park. Am still mystified by this genus, they are always around in small numbers, but never seem to be a "player" like some of the other genera, if you know what I mean. The specimens were collected for a project done by Lauren Ponisio - Study led by L. Ponisio examining the effect of fire diversity

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December 17, 2019

Beetle 3, face

Unknown species of beetle (ID Help would be great, maybe the head of a checkered beetle????). Collected in my backyard in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Photograph by Sierra WilliamsCanon 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

Lasioglossum microlepoides, F, Face, AZ, Pima County

From Organ Pipe National Monument comes the small and very common western Lasioglossum microlepoides. Just like the seemingly endless supply of these small Halictid bees, it is slightly metallic and and has a strongly bent basal vein. One could spent a couple lives just figuring out the different species. Photography by Brooke Alexander. Photography Information:

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December 17, 2019

Megachile centuncularis, m, back, Cleveland, OH

Not originating from here. This is Megachile centuncularis, from studies by MaLisa Spring in Cleveland. Cleveland and other large cities house more than their share of non-native species largely or likely because of the presence of so many non-native weeds and garden introductions. This is the male and the species largely stays to the northern parts of the entire

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December 17, 2019

Mesoplia aff rufipes, F, Back, Puerto Rico, Boqueron

Here we have the nest parasite of one of Puerto Rico's Centris bees. Its lays its eggs in the nests of the host, kills the hosts egg or young and eats the stores. Taxonomically its not clear what this species is but it appears to be close to (aff. = affiliated with) M. rufipes. Perhaps you, dear reader, will figure that out. Collected by Puerto Rico's Native Bee

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December 17, 2019

Bombus fervidus, female, face

Bombus fervidus, female, ,Queen Anne's County, Maryland

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December 17, 2019

Chlamisus sp. ,-face

GTMO - Cuba, June 2011, Need identification

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December 17, 2019

amegilla, m, face, india

Tongue of the Amegilla. You can see the longgggg tongue with its brushed tip designed to lap nectar and the odd bits of pollen. You can also see the sheathes and the palps the fold out from under the head to create a tube for sucking up nectar when plentiful. From India = An unknown species of Amegila collected by Suzanne Batra. The fluorescent hairs banding the

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December 17, 2019

Anthidium porterae, m, left side, Hidalgo Co. NM

Anthidiums...in this case A. porterae....pretty spiffy very toothy (in the female) thick, direct flying marked in patterns of yellow over black. What is not to like. This one was collected in the boot heel of New Mexico by C.C. Nicholson. Pictures by Miss Elizabeth Garcia. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X

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December 17, 2019

Perdita phymatae, female, abdomen

Perdita phymatae, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona