Anthophora walshii, f, back, Pennington Co., SD

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Detailed Description

We go, once again, to one of my favorite parts of the world, the Badlands of South Dakota. Among several types of Anthophora exists a nicely woke-up white banded species called Anthophora walshii. This species has an interesting distribution, it is almost entirely found in the prairies bumping up to the western mountain ranges. But, this species also shows up in a few coastal islands, such as Martha's Vineyard, Long Island, and islands off of Rhode Island just to make us wonder whether there used to be more of these prairie bees around than we thought. And, whether we need to reconsider are often automatic action of planting trees on every piece of land that isn't in motion. Photographed by Anders Croft. 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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