bee pale tan, f, colombia, face

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Osiris, Atlatl Godbee, Collected in ColombiaThe ancient Egyptian God Osiris was associated with both the afterlife and a greenish skin, and at least indirectly with Honey Bees. While early entomologists liked to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge naming genera according to classical Roman, Greek or, in this case Egyptian deities, the name in this case might be less inaccurate. This is because some Osiris species have a rather afterlifely pallid coloration sometimes verging on yellow-green.While there are 32 different species of Osiris, distributed from Mexico south to Argentina, almost nothing is known about the biologies of these nest parasites. There is one record of a young Godbee emerging from the nest of pollen carrying bees of the genus Paratetrapedia. Morphologically, the genus is notable for the length of its sting. It is not just the sting shaft that is elongate. The ventral part of the apical abdominal segment is developed into a long, almost tubular structure through which the sting can project. An interesting additional feature is the enormous development of what is, in almost all other bees, a tiny strut at the base of the sting shaft. In Osiris this forms a very elongate structure that looks like an atlatl or spear-thrower. Perhaps these remarkable embellishments serve to drive the sting home if the cuckoo should invade a nest while the rightful occupant is inside, or be caught in flagrante delicto by the returning mother. 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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