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December 17, 2019

Osmia simillima, side

A somewhat big and somewhat northern Osmia. One of the frustrating things about bees is that entire groups look about the same, such is Osmia. In this case we see things like an expanded front basitarsis with long sigmoid hairs and several other small differences that add up to this species, these puzzles can be fun or frustrating, but it takes time to learn to play the

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December 17, 2019

Apis mellifera, dark body, back, beltsville, md

Over the next few days I hope to put up some new Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) shots from bees collected at the many hives here at the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center maintained by bee whisperer Francisco Posada. In part we are focusing on the plumage differences, showing the variation between dark and light bodied individuals. Photography Information: Canon Mark II

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December 17, 2019

Perdita halictoides, F, Sidewith vibration, VT, Chittenden County

New Vermont Species Record. This little tiny bee is a specialist on a plant that most people pull out of their gardens, Physalis, or Ground Cherry, this plant has a number of specialists associated with it and, we should think about it as something to plant in our gardens! Anna Beauchemin is the finder of this new record and Brooke Alexander the photographer.Canon Mark

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December 17, 2019

Spider small, beltsville, md

Two VERY SMALL spiders. Sadly I know little about spiders so can't tell you the species / group other a number that it is not. This Spider was only about 4mm. Captured outside of my lab in Beltsville, MD. Once I started looking I realized...there are billions of such spiders (tiny ones that is) in an average field. The close up is 20x the other is 10X Love playing

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December 17, 2019

Bombus vagans, m, back, Centre Co., PA

Bombus vagans. One of a set of Bumble bee tricksters for those who have to identify them. Very similar to B. sandersoni, and B. perplexus. Each with enough variations in their abdominal plumage to sometimes cause some specimens to go unidentified. Here is a male,.... first 2 tergites with yellow remainder black. Similar species, same patterns with a few variations.

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December 17, 2019

Cicada shell, face, upper marlboro, md

Roooooarrrrrr!, Danger, creature from the black lagoon. Or...not. Here we have a close up look at the many interesting features that are left behind when a cicada emerges. This one was in my backyard and left his/her full body suit behind on the shed. Insects are just weird sometimes, how do they go from something that looks like a land crab to a zippy green flying

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December 17, 2019

Andrena nivalis, stylopid, U, Cocos Co., NH, back

The abdomen of a female Andrena nivalis. In that abdomen is a female stylopid which looks a bit like an odd head sticking out from underneath a tergite...she has been living in said A. nivalis for a long time...feeding on its innards...and, the stylopid has just given birth, (likely killing her in the process) to all her little babies. Nature: So cruel. Picture by Wayne

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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

Lycaeides melissa samuelis, male, back

Karner Blue, Lycaeides melissa samuelis, an endangered lupine eater, This one from Indiana, while the specimen is not in great shape, at full resolution the scales and micro patterns are still beautiful

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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 lugubris, m, face, Kruger National Park, South Africa Mpumalanga

Kruger National Park presents a native South African: Xylocopa lugubris. This carpenter bee was caught cruising around the park while along on Jonathan Mawdsley and James Harrison's expedition. Lots of fun avoiding poisonous snakes, lions, and leopards and other big things. Photo by Erick Hernandez. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot

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