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December 17, 2019

Megachile exilis, F, Talbot Co., MD, Face

Megachile exilis - Megs are most famous for being leaf cutters, but some are not (leaf cutters that is). M. exilis is not and instead makes its nest with reason (actually I meant to say "resin", but since "reason" makes for an interesting sentence, I am going to leave it in there because, after all, it is our lab's Flickr stream and not the Wall Street Journal for God's

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December 17, 2019

Anthidiellum notatum gilense, m, face, 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

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

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

Diadasia australis, f, right, Jackson Co., SD

Back to the Badlands of South Dakota. Here we get Diadasia....something that only shows up once you hit some of the isolated prairies in the MidWest until when you got to much of the West...they are everywhere. A common species, this one was found in a number of locations in the Badlands. Note the rounded top of the head that is the best eyeball way of quickly separating

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December 17, 2019

Ground Cherry, Patuxent Bee Lab

You know, as a society, we have thought a great deal about plants, but mostly on the food and prettiness spectrums not so much on the ecological slider. So, here you have a Physalis seed husk, on the food end of the spectrum the genus gets about a 3.5 because tomatillos are in here, and a couple of other edibles, but its not one of the food powerhouses. I give it an 8 on

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December 17, 2019

Perilampus fulvicornis (tent0, F, Face, MD, Baltimore County, Hart-Miller Island

A wee 2mm Perilampid from Hart-Miller Island in the Chesapeake Bay collected by Gene Scarpulla and awaiting final deterimination. 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

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December 17, 2019

Nomia species, m, side, thailand

A male Nomia from Thailand, note the corkscrewed antennae and the greatly expanded leg segments (presumably useful in mating at nest aggregations). This is the start of a series of bee pictures from specimens from around the world....some of which will go into an upcoming book that Laurence Packer whose lab is supplying many of the specimens and much of the global

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum creberrimum, U, side, Texas

Lasioglossum creberrimum, Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas

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December 17, 2019

Andrena atlantica, f, face, 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

Xylocopa species, m, australia face

Here is a carpenter bee species from Australia that has a very different look and feel from our North American species. Very likely in a different subfamily but taxonomically and morphologically there must be great similarities to keep them within the same genus. Other than being a male I don't know anything more about this specimen other than it was in Laurence Packer's

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December 17, 2019

Melissodes tepaneca, f, face, SC, Jasper Co

Jasper County, South Carolina, right across from Savannah Georgia sits Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. A refuge of dikes around huge old rice fields that now grow ducks and other marshlings. A few bees occur here, but diversity is pretty low as this is not so much a natural, but a managed habitat. Melissode tepaneca is another nice sublte Melissodes of the South.

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