Bombus vagans, m, right side, Centre Co., PA

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Detailed Description

There are about 50 species of bumble bees north of Mexico. Here is a common northern species that creeps down the mountains to the Appalachians. It also appears to be retracting its southern range edge...perhaps due to global warming or who knows? Still common in the north, but something to keep track of. Sadly there are not many people keeping track of bees so hopefully bee science will not just be the science of writing post-mortems. This picture was taken by Kelly Graninger and the bee was collected by Laura russo 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.ra Russo or her surrogates.


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