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December 17, 2019

June bug 2, U, Underside, Upper Marlboro, MD

A July June Bug, Scarabaeid beetle, from my moth light, Upper Marlboro, MD

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum-nr-puteulanum,-male,-side

Lasioglossum near puteulanum, male, A not previously known invasive bee for the Hawaiian Islands, March, 2012 Oahu

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December 17, 2019

Bombus morrisoni, f, back, Pennington Co., SD

Tightly wrapped in fur-like orange hair, this lovely western bumblebee was captured at the far edge of its range in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Near the Black Hills, an island of Rocky Mountain type habitat in a sea of prairie, the Badlands are receivers perhaps of bees that otherwise would not inhabit prairie habitats. Photo by Brooke Alexander.

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December 17, 2019

Megachile species, f, 15266b06, angle, 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

Veronicastrum virginicum 2, Culver's Root, GFG

Culvers Root, Veronicastrum virginicum. Whenever this is in bloom it has bees on it. Specimen and Picture by Helen Lowe Metzman. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 200mm Pentax-m with Nikon 10X infinity microscope objective lens mounted on front , Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.6, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200Love for

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December 17, 2019

Nomada maculata, m, back, 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

Passiflora lutea, Helen Lowe Metzman

This is Passiflora lutea. Lovely small, Yellow Passion Fruit. Worth planting this around your garden and watching to see if you can get a state bee record of Pseudopanurgus passiflorae...which, indeed, has been found in other states by gardeners. And besides, its pretty. Flower and photo from Helen Lowe Metzman. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene

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December 17, 2019

Sphecodes brachycephalus, F, side, NC, Moore Co

Another Heather Campbell collected bee from the Sandhills, this one a nest parasite, likely on something in the genus Lasioglossum, a very small bee...Check out the WIPs in the wing (Wing Interference Patterns) quite lovely .... these usually occur only in the most delicate of bees wings.Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Photographer: Sam Droege, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro

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December 17, 2019

Ageratina altissima, White Snakeroot, Howard County, Md, Helen Lowe Metzman

White Snakeroot, Ageratina altissima. Collected and Photographed by Helen Lowe Metzman. 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: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50%

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December 17, 2019

Chrysis conica

Another Chrysidid wasp (cuckoo wasp) from the Hart-Miller Dredge Spoil site in Baltimore Harbor, collected by Eugene Scarpulla, photographed by Brooke Alexander Identification by Lynn KimseyCanon 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, link to a .pdf of our set

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December 17, 2019

Dasymutilla-species,-unknown,-back

Unknown species of Dasymutilla, Beltsville, Maryland 2012, July