Caupolicana fulvicollis, back, u, Central chile

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Detailed Description

Collected by one "E.P. Reed" probably about 100 years ago in Central Chile this is from an orphaned collection of bees from the Smithsonian. While in the process of returning we are taking a few pictures of some of the more interesting bees. This is Caupolicana fulvicollis. At least some, if not all, of these bees are crepsucular bees...out only at dawn or at dusk where they have a secret pollen handshake with the few plants that only open their blossoms in crepusculance (possibly not a real word, but sounds like it should be to me). Note the large ocelli on this bee....a pretty good sign that it indeed is working in low light. Picture by Anders Croft from our lab. 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: 4643 x 3840

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