Andrena arabis, m, face, Fairfax Co., VA

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Detailed Description

A small bee, whose female is a gatherer of pollen from native mustard plants. However, this is the male as can be told by counting the number of antennal segments (13) and by the fact that it has a bright white clypeus. Which, with very very rare exceptions is something that only male Andrena have. This is Andrena arabis. Collected by Sheryl Pollock in Northern Virginia and photographed by Erick Hernandez 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 sections of the picture.


Image Dimensions: 4992 x 3600

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