Andrena barbilabris, F, side, CT, New Haven County

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Detailed Description

One of quite a number of spring Andrena that occur throughout North America, this one is Andrena barbilabris. It collects pollen from quite a number of different plant groups, doesn't seem to have a specialty among them. Among those of us who spend a lot of time looking at these Andrena under microscopes, this species has a feature that often is definitive for telling it from the other large Andrena of the spring, which is a small strap like labor process. Now you know. 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.


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