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December 17, 2019

Melissodes desponsa, f, face, Maine, Du Clos

Pollen, pollen, pollen, pollen, on a Melissodes desponsa...a species usually associated with Thistles so this may well be thistle pollen. Note that while bees may carry loads of pollen on their legs...pollen usually gathers loosely all over the bee and this is thought to be the pollen that does much of the pollination on plants. Brianne Du Clos collected this girl in

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December 17, 2019

Ophiogomphus susbehcha., U, side, Potomac River, Point of Rock

Ophiogomphus susbehcha, cast skin, collected by Richard Orr along the Potomac River

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December 17, 2019

Dianthidium-simile,-female,-face

Dianthidium simile, female, Michigan, July 2011, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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December 17, 2019

Hedychridium dimidiatum, U, Face, MD, Baltimore County

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

Lasioglossum desertum, f, ut, garfield, back

A very deserty looking bee from the deserts of Bryce Canyon National Park. Lovely patterns. 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%

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December 17, 2019

Andrena clarkella, F, side 1, Hancock co

An Andrena bee that knows how to dress. Black hairs throughout with fluorescent orange pollen carrying hairs and a topmast of off-white. This is a northern / arctic species that occurs worldwide. Recent discoveries have shown its distribution extends to high elevations in West Virginia (thank you Jane).This specimen is from Maine (thank you Alison). Photography by

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December 17, 2019

Bombus bifarius, back, f, Mariposa CA

There are a lot of bumble bee species out there, about 50 species or so north of Mexico. Some arguments regarding species boundaries, but, bottomline is there are more than most people would suppose. Here is Bombus bifarius. Another common western bee, one a bit more likely to nest above ground than some of the others....sometimes even showing up in bird houses. This

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December 17, 2019

Bidens cernua, Nodding Beggartick, Howard County, Md

Beggar's-Ticks of the Nodding variety. Showy, and, at times, filling ditches in low areas of Maryland. One of the native plants that seems to be happy with disturbed environments and they come with barbed seeds that stick to the coats of animals and the coats of people with equal vigor. Lots of yellow in the fall...beautiful. Specimens and pictures by Helen Lowe

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December 17, 2019

Ritually Killed Gorget, 33B A2

A Series: This is a set of slate gorgets and fragments there of. This fragment was found along the banks of the Patuxent River in Maryland but the slate is from Central Ohio. Other artifacts indicate that this site had been used for thousands of years as a ritual site by Adena culture Indians with numerous items brought in from Ohio (imagine that!). Part of the ritual

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December 17, 2019

Tosale oviplagalis, face

Upper Marlboro, MD, May 2012This species has a common name:Dimorphic Tosale Mothbut it also has been named by the Doug InkleyThe George Washington Moth