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December 17, 2019

Asilidae, U, Face, Carroll Co., MD

Laphria species, a Robber Fly that mimics bees. They sit around waiting for a passing fly, attach, and then suck it dry. You should appreciate the fact that this species is measured in mm, Captured by Tim McMahon and photographed by Wayne Boo

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December 17, 2019

Diadasia rinconis,m, left side, Pima Co., Tucson, AZ

I think many people think of cacti as icons, something made for us to look at, but since we rarely use cacti for anything and because their fleshy shapes and lifestyles are so different we think of them more as lampposts than integrated into our landscapes as much as the grasses, forbs, and trees. But without cacti entire worlds would disappear. Here is but one example,

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December 17, 2019

Halictus confusus, m, back, Prince George's Co., MD

Once of our dirtball species. Common, found almost everywhere including people's gardens and in our agricultural fields. This is group (Halictus) if often identifiable in the males by the the dark spot/section on the outer face of the hind tibia. If you don't key in on that they are often misidentified as Lasioglossum species, which have many species that have the dark

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December 17, 2019

Lithurgus tibialis, M, Back, Greece, Aegean Islands, Lesvos, Moria

Lithurgus tibialis: a fascinating species in that it is much smaller and looks quiet different from other Lithurgus species occurring in Europe and has the peculiar preference for flowers of Chrozophora, a quite unusual pollen source.., but from studies in Greece it is clear that the females almost solely visit this plant and collect its pollen. The males can also be found

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December 17, 2019

Claytonia virginica, 2, Spring Beauty, Howard County, Md,

Spring Beauties...taken by Helen Lowe Metzman...one of the most common and most productive of plants for spring bees. It even has its own species Andrena erigeniae that uses the pink pollen of this plant soley to feed its young. Sadly many of the areas that supported vast carpets of this species are now taken over by Lesser Celandine....are the specialist bees that

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December 17, 2019

Melissodes near bimaculatus, f, virginia, pulaski county, side

Here is a Melissodes from Pulaski County, Virginia collected at the Radford Munitions Plant which is kept in high quality grasslands because they are good stewards. I would characterize the region as sitting at the tail end of the Shenandoah Valley in an area that in the long view had been open / grassland prairie something like this during Indian times and maybe even

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December 17, 2019

Osmia albifrons, side

One has to admit, this is a damn awesome bee. I love these colors. The specimen came from the Adirondack Mountains of New York during their BioBlitz 2 years ago. Evocative. 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

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December 17, 2019

pond 10.18.2012, 2 damselfly nymphs, ventral, Beltsville, MD

Damselflies, two nymphs, Beltsville, Maryland floating in Hand Sanitizer

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December 17, 2019

Svastra aegis, F, Back, GA, Baker County

One of the southern Svastra species. Big Bee, uncommon and probably restricted to areas of relatively intact native flora, which are getting to be harder and harder to find. The specimen is from the Flatwoods of Georgia in an area maintained as longleaf pine through burning and careful forestry techniques.Collected by Sabrie Breland And photographed by Brooke Alexander.

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December 17, 2019

Andrena uvulariae, F, side,

Andrena uvulariae, Female, Recently, this species was known only from the type, but work by Mike Arduser, Joan Milam, and John Ascher have resulted locating additional specimens along the the male. It appears to be a pollen specialist on Bellflowers. This specimen is approximately 100 years old from the Smithsonian collection.