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December 17, 2019

Dragonfly, U, genitalia back

Ophiogomphus susbehcha, collected by Richard Orr along the Potomac River, super rare snaketail species

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum lionotum, F, Back, MD, Baltimore County

Here is a little tiny parasitic bee whose host is a little tiny Lasioglossum that is often very common in disturbed / lawn areas (L. imitatum). Note the big head...the long straight pointy jaws and you may have an idea about what they could be used for...but has anyone seen this? No...you should investigate instead of looking at your mobile screen all day. Photography

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December 17, 2019

Megachile apicalis, female, underside of abdomen

I like this particular view of the underside of this bee. The black hairs are characteristic of the species, but it is also an oddly appealing picture in its aspect and layout, at least to me.Megachile apicalis - Invasive species: Specialist on knapweeds: Not common unless you haunt industrial and other wastelands where it can be common. Always carry a net in these

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December 17, 2019

Melitta melittoides, m, aa co, md, face

There are 6 families of bees in North America. The bee here Melitta melittoides is member of Melittidae. Melittidae has only 2 genera of bees in the East. Most of them are highly specialized. Our friend here is a Lyonia (maleberry) specialist. In the face shot of the female...check out the size of those mandibles. I am not sure what their use is, but it would be

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December 17, 2019

Osmia cornifrons, F, Face, Washington, DC

An alien species introduced from the island of Japan in the 1980s. This and its sister the same region are now the dominant Osmia species in the mid-Atlantic area. 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

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December 17, 2019

Oxaea austera, back, m, Rurrenbaque, Bolivia

Another ancient specimens form the National Collection at the Smithsonian. This is Oxaea was collected in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia many years ago. Note the metallic bands on the abdomen and protruding face of this male. I hope to collect more of this group on an upcoming expedition to Chile.... Photograph by Samia Shell. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene

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December 17, 2019

Scarlet tanager, feather

Piranga olivacea - Sadly this particular bird collided with a building in downtown Washington D.C. and the Lights Out DC / City Wildlife found it on an early spring morning. Here is a closeup of the coverts on the wing area. Photograph by Sue Boo. Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 100mm Canon macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO

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December 17, 2019

Triepeolus donatus, m, left side, Centre Co., PA

Yo, Triepeolus people you are darn sharp looking bees. Here is T. donatus. Collected near State College in Pennsylvania by Laura Russo. Its host is going to be a Melissodes, in this case M. desponsus, (a thistle specialist) but it also has been seen going into the nest of Melitoma taurea "¦so perhaps there is more to the story, difficult to say since it is rarely

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December 17, 2019

Bombus fervidus, female, face

Bombus fervidus, female, ,Queen Anne's County, Maryland

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December 17, 2019

Chamaesyce-maculata,Spotted-Spurge,-flowers

Chamaesyce maculata, Spotted Spurge, August 2012, Beltsville, Maryland

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December 17, 2019

Andrena israel, f, israel, face

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% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color

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December 17, 2019

Fly Golden Baby, head, MD, Prince Georges County

A Syrphid fly in the genus Microdon. A lovely bee mimic and one that I had not seen before. Critters in the Genus Microdon complete their larval life cycle inside ant nests. Beltsville, MarylandCanon 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

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