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December 17, 2019

Anthophora plumipes, M, Side, MD, PG County

The male of a relatively new introduced species from Japan. Likes to nest in adobe walls of buildings and underneath decks. Photoshopping by Thistle Droege and Photography by Brooke Alexander. 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

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December 17, 2019

Bombus flavifrons, unknown, face

Ah, reaching way back in history now to 2012,,,,not completely satisfied with this shot of B. flavifrons, but it will have to do. From Wyoming, where a number of red butted bumble bees live. How lucky for you if you live there, Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam

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December 17, 2019

Anthidiellum notatum gilense, m, side, Cochise Co. AZ

Collected in the deserts of Cochise County in Arizona as part of the famous Bee Course there by Tim McMahon, these speedy little bees are found throughout much of North America. At this moment these are considered a "subspecies" rather than full species but if you compare the visuals on these specimen to those of eastern species you will see that while the body form is

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December 17, 2019

amegilla, m, side, india

India = An unknown species of Amegila collected by Suzanne Batra. The fluorescent hairs banding the abdomen of this old-world species are what give the group the general name of blue-banded bees.251 species knownCanon 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,

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December 17, 2019

Nomia heart antennae, m, 15266b02, face, kenya

From Kenya comes yet another Nomia with modifications to the basic bee format. You can see that like other Nomia this male has expanded leg segments, but the fabulous thing here are the dangling modified heart-shaped last segment of the antenna. Male bee antennae are modified quite frequently in the bee world, but this is one of the more extravagant. Another from the

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December 17, 2019

Stelis australis, M, Face, GA, Baker County

Stelis australis....A nice colorful Stelis from the pinelands of Georgia. This group is likely to be a nest parasite (lays eggs in nests of other bees) of species in the uncommon Megachilidae bee genus Trachusa, so overall a very rare bee on an uncommon to rare host. Nice to see that such things still exist. This one was collected by Sabrie Breland. Photograph by

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December 17, 2019

Wax worm, U, Maryland, face

Galleria mellonella - The waxworm. The rather muscular and chiseled form of an introduced pest of bees nests. In this case this bad boy was found in a bumble bee nest that was built in a chickadee nest that the bumble bee queen had kicked out of the nestbox in suburban Maryland. So it goes in nature. Picture by Wayne Boo. Waxworm wrangling by Desiree Narango.

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December 17, 2019

Gynandromorph, Lasioglossum hitchensi, Side, MD St Marys County

Gynandromorph, bilaterally half male/ half female, very rare, the left hand side of this he-she is male (13 antennal segments / lacking pollen carrying hairs on the legs) and the right it female with 12 antennal segments and pollen carrying scopa on the hind legs. The differences are most obvious on the face shot and the underside shot. Collected by Kyle Rambo on the

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum albipes, f, back, fance

A couple of unprocessed French bees. This is Lasioglossum albipes. One of the most well studied non bumble non honey bees. Sarah Kocher lent these to us from her many studies, so we could picturate them. While they are your basic brown sweat bee thing, upclose there is a charm in how they are put together. At least I am charmed, that is. Photography Information:

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