Andrena distans, F, Back2, VA, Gales County

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Detailed Description

A bee that feeds its babies a restricted diet. In this case that diet is that of Geranium pollen. While I didn't check this specimen from Virginia those lovely pollen grains on its hind legs are very likely Geranium. 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: 3566 x 3727

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