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December 17, 2019

Andrena caerulea, f, back, Santa Barbara, CA

As its name implies, Andrena caerulae, is a bee with a deep blue shimmer to its skin. Unlike the plain black models of most of the other 500+ species of Andrena this species stands out, making identification a bit easier. In the face you can see the darkened patches of short hairs that line the depressions between eye, ocelli, and antennae (fovea) that characterize the

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December 17, 2019

Megachile albitarsis, f, back, Chambers co, Texas

I recently spent some time at a family reunion in South Central Texas and, of course, brought my net. Here is Megachile albitarsis, a large ground nesting Meg with its lovely amber red eyes and orange pollen carrying hairs. It was approximately 1 billion degrees out and 1 billion percent humidity and when I was walking back I saw a police car had stopped next to my car

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December 17, 2019

bee pale tan, f, colombia, angle

Osiris, Atlatl Godbee, Collected in ColombiaThe ancient Egyptian God Osiris was associated with both the afterlife and a greenish skin, and at least indirectly with Honey Bees. While early entomologists liked to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge naming genera according to classical Roman, Greek or, in this case Egyptian deities, the name in this case might be less

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December 17, 2019

Triepeolus distinctus, f, anne arundel co, md, back

Triepeolus distinctus. This is the female of the male of the species that was posted a couple of weeks ago. Equally lovely. Both were found in an untended sand pit near my house. The key is untended as most sand pits not are filled with junk and the capped with clay and then planted with cool-season grasses and maybe some trees. The worst thing you could do. An

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December 17, 2019

Osmia trevoris, F, Park Co., Wyoming, face

Osmia trevoralis...more Osmia loveliness.... this time from Yellowstone National Park. 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

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December 17, 2019

Colletes robertsonii, m, right, Hooker Co., Nebraska

A little series of pictures of Colletes robertsonii from the Sandhills of Nebraska...Hooker county. A Midwestern species, this male and female were found in a nice patch of flowers along the road in a small pull off. Lovely country...the Sandhills. Photos by Erick Hernandez. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X

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December 17, 2019

Anemone americana, Round-lobed Hepatica, Howard County, Md,

Anemone americana - Round-lobed Hepatica. At times white like this flower, but can grade all the way up to a lovely purpley blue color in other individuals. Photo and individual from 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 100,

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December 17, 2019

Hyleoides concinna

This large Hylaeus related wasp mimic is found in Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to Bernhard Jacobi for the determination. Another specimen from the vaults of the Packer Lab. 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

Megachile species

Unknown Megachile Species from the Dominican Republic

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December 17, 2019

Bombus morrisoni, m, right, Pennington Co., SD

Tightly wrapped in fur-like orange hair, this lovely western bumblebee (Bombus morrisoni) was captured at the far edge of its range in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Near the Black Hills, an island of Rocky Mountain type habitat in a sea of prairie, the Badlands are receivers perhaps of bees that otherwise would not inhabit prairie habitats. Photo by Brooke

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