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December 17, 2019

Bombus crotchii, f, face, Yolo Co, CA

A somewhat bedraggled Bombus crotchii from Yolo County, California..."This bee was collected in the California Central Valley in Yolo County for research on small-scale restoration in agricultural areas. Claire Kremen's 10-year study of hedgerows shows the benefits of planting native shrubs and forbs in agricultural areas for native bees. Photo by Brooke Goggins

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December 17, 2019

Exaerete frontalis, side, guyana

Big, Big, Big, In all its black-winged metallic glory...this species is larger than any bee north of Mexico, we trekked 2 days into the jungles of Guyana to find it. This species, and the genus as a whole, is a nest parasite on other equally large canopy dwelling Orchid Bees. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-

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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

Asilid, Bumblebee mimic

Laphria posticata. A lot going on here, at least for me, first there is a wonderful aesthetic contrast between the mounds of black clay and the robber fly; the crispness of the angled wings and the just imperfectness of the bilateral symmetry combined with the mirroring of the yellow hairs on the thorax in opposition to those of the abdomen. There is also a sadness to

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December 17, 2019

Lasioglossum albohirtum, F, Face, WY, Lincoln County

Even more Lasioglossum specimens, this one Lasioglossum albohirum, also from the fantastic be world of Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming. Photographed 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 200. USGSBIML

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December 17, 2019

Lithurgus scabrosus, f, side, maui, hi

A new record for Hawaii for Maui, this introduced species (only some members of Hylaeus are native) was known from other islands but this appears to be the first record for Maui. Not surprising since it nests in wood and could easily be transported among islands or it is big enough that it could simply fly there. Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm

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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

Physocarpus opulifolius 2, Ninebark, flower inflorescence

Ninebark. A lovely native shrub, that should be planted more often where there is a need for a large shrub. Grows well, is tough, handles drought, and it attracts pollinators. Photograph by Helen Lowe Metzman. 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

Stelis louisae, M, Side, MD, Dorchester County

Some of the Stelis groups of bees are very colorful. This is true of S. louisae....a nest parasite of Megachile campanulae and clan. This male was collected on Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in the mostly marsh county of Dorchester. Photograph by Claire Mudd.

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December 17, 2019

Xylocopa caerulea, u, back, Singapore

100 years old and still blue .... ish. Google Xylocopa caerulea to see some knockout recent specimens. Capture in Singapore long ago. Interesting to think what legacy you will have in a 100 years...? Will people still use and find relevant something you did/found/created 100 years from now? Picture taken by Anders Croft. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D,

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December 17, 2019

Andrena cragini, M, Back, SD, Pennington County

Andrena cragini, male, new species record for South Dakota from Badlands National Park as part of a park wide inventory, this small Andrena species appears to be a Leadplant pollen specialist Joyce, Colby, and Amber