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December 17, 2019

Graphocephala versuta, side2, Upper Marlboro

Graphocephala versuta - A beautiful multiculored, but minute leafhopper, here captured and photographed in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

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December 17, 2019

Bombus rufocinctus,F, face, Park County WY

Three more bumblebees today from Yellowstone National Park, or should I say three more pictures of one bumblebee. These are shots of Bombus rufocinctus. This species is notoriously variable in its hair coloration. In this particular shot there is a great deal of reddish orange in the abdomen. But in others there may be absolutely no oranges and in its stead there may be

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December 17, 2019

Andrena atlantica, f, left side, Prince George's Co., MD

Andrena atlantica. One of over 100 Andrena species in the Mid-Atlantic area. The male of this species does not have a positive means of being identified from A. alleghaniensis. Some needs to figure this out along with many other things. Photo by Sydney Price. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens,

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum heterorhinum, F, Face, UT, Garfield County

Bryce Canyon national Park in Utah has yet another small black bee, this could probably be said of any national Park but in this case it is Lasioglossum heterorhinum. Which has both a complicated and mellow name. Photographed by Brooke Alexander. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash

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December 17, 2019

Martinapis luteicornis, f, face, Cochise, Co. AZ

An obscure bee of the desert, Martinapis luteicornis only is active early in the morning just as the sky begins to lighten. At least one paper indicates that they are specialists on Psorothamnus scoparius or the Broom Dalea. Since records for the species seem to appear outside the known range of the plant (or the genus of the plant) things are, as usual, more

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December 17, 2019

Triepeolus distinctus, f, anne arundel co, md, back

Triepeolus distinctus. This is the female of the male of the species that was posted a couple of weeks ago. Equally lovely. Both were found in an untended sand pit near my house. The key is untended as most sand pits not are filled with junk and the capped with clay and then planted with cool-season grasses and maybe some trees. The worst thing you could do. An

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December 17, 2019

Megachile integra, f, face, Suffolk, VA

Megachile integra is one of a small clade of Megachile and Trachusa that need small viney things in the pea family (fuzzy beans and milk peas) to feed their babies. These are nice purple flowering plants, but tend toward unkemptedness and clambering over other plants so they are almost never included in plantings for pollinators, yet, yet, yet, they should and I would

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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

Anthophora californica, m, back, Hidalgo County, NM

If you want a group of bees that generally present themselves well and look like bees not wasps choose the Digger Bee grouip. This male Anthophora californica was collected by Don Harvey in Hidalgo County, NM. Dryland area for sure and the distribution sits right in the dry areas of the West. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled,

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December 17, 2019

Nomada maculata, female, side

Acadia National Park in Maine has plenty of bees and is one of the few areas of the country where some understanding of the past bee community has been published, by the Proctor of Proctor and Gamble on Mount Desert Island. Nomada maculata is a nest parasite...mostly likely on some of the larger spring Andrena species. Picture taken by Sierra Williams and shopping by

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December 17, 2019

sedge finzel immature

I THINK this is a sedge, but sadly I just grabbed it quickly while at Finzel Swamp (western Maryland) where it was blooming in clumps around the edge of the large pond located there. Any corrections to my Sedge ID would be very welcome

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December 17, 2019

Andrena-nigrihirta,-female,-side

Andrena nigrihirta, female, Isle Royale National Park, Michigan