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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

Bombus perplexus, f, face, Centre Co., PA

Ah, the lovely yellow of Bombus perplexus. For some reason this species' coloration tends towards bright yellow while other eastern bumbles are more subdued in their yellowness. It varies with their age (the sun fade bumbles plumage) but a nice lemon yellow usually means this species. In our area, its distribution largely stops at the Fall Line, few are recorded on the

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December 17, 2019

Galearis spectabilis, Showy Orchis flr close up, Howard County, MD, HeLoMetz

Galearis spectabilis, the Showy Orchis. As wild orchids go in the East, this one is relatively common. I come across it the most in deciduous Appalachian Mountain woods, but I have seen it in plenty other places where the woods have not been turned under for crops in the past. Note the small spur at the bottom of the flower, unlike other cheating Orchids this one

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December 17, 2019

Andrena morrisonella, f, face, Talbot Co, MD

A bee (Andrena morrisonella) that may or may not be the same species as A. imitatrix. We hope to find out over the next couple of years using DNA barcoding with the Sarah Kocher lab. Pictures by Hannah Sutton. 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

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December 17, 2019

Citrus psyllid, u, side2,ft detrick

A series of shots of Citrus Psyllid adults (including a recently emerged white adult) , and larvae of Diaphorina citri which is the transporting agent of citrus greening disease now devastating Florida's orange groves. Pictures taken at Level 3 level quarantine at USDA's Lab at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. Thanks to Tina Paul for fascilitating all of this. One of the larval

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December 17, 2019

Melissodes dentiventris, M, face, Maryland, Anne Arundel County

Melissodes dentiventris, male, an uncommon denizen of dry sandy areas, specializing on pollination of composites...particularly maryland goldenaster. Collected in Anne Arundel County Maryland

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December 17, 2019

Osmia atriventris, F, Side, MD, Washington County

Osmia atriventris "“ A female captured in Washington County. This common spring species occurs throughout the East. Photographed by Brooke Alexander

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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

Triepeolus concavus, M, face, Dorchester Co, MD

New species for the state of Maryland, this is Triepeolus concavus. As are all Triepeolus this one is a nest parasites. In this case, it's host is Svastra obliqua, an uncommon bee that loves large composites and is a good indication of high-quality habitat. In this case, the high-quality habitat was at Blackwater national wildlife refuge in the marshlands of Dorchester

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December 17, 2019

Anthophora abrupta, M, Side,PG county, MD

Male, this fun species nests in the walls of my adobe walled house where it aggregates in large numbers where the adobe is thickest. They create small dropping tunnels at that project out from wall ...function unknown. Note the massive tongue, unclear, to me at least, as to why, but likely has to do with what flowers it is accessing.Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker,

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December 17, 2019

Thalestria spinosa, f, face

Thalestria spinosa..the only member of its genus and a nest parasite of the genus Oxaea. Note that both genera have glints of metallic integument just to make them more attractive to humans. Sadly my lovely interns did not record where this particular specimen was collected, but I do know the specimen is likely about 100 years old and part of the Smithsonian collection

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