Chrysocolletes, m, australia, back

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Chrysocolletes species, Wavy-haired Bee, specimen collected by Laurence in Australia Another genus of bees whose range is restricted to Australia; five species are known, but three of them are only known from male specimens, the females remain unknown. Overall, a good example of a set of bees that have lived on the planet for hundreds of thousands of years, but yet we hardly even know what they look like, let alone how they fit into the pollination system of Australian plants. Even such first world countries as Australia have a very longs ways to go to finish the fundamental tasks of documenting the bee species and their distributions. We are a hundred years behind the ornithologists and their study of birds. This interesting bee has a swollen top of the head that bears unusual bristly hairs. Doubtless these are used to obtain pollen from particular flowers, though we do not know which ones as these bees were found cruising through quite dense and long grass. Many bees have strange modifications of their facial hairs as an aid in pollen collection.Chrysocolletes species, Wavy-haired Bee, specimen collected by Laurence in AustraliaLong: Another genus of bees whose range is restricted to Australia; five species are known, but three of them are only known from male specimens, the females remain unknown. Overall, a good example of a set of bees that have lived on the planet for hundreds of thousands of years, but yet we hardly even know what they look like, let alone how they fit into the pollination system of Australian plants. Even such first world countries as Australia have a very longs ways to go to finish the fundamental tasks of documenting the bee species and their distributions. We are a hundred years behind the ornithologists and their study of birds. This interesting bee has a swollen top of the head that bears unusual bristly hairs. Doubtless these are used to obtain pollen from particular flowers, though we do not know which ones as these bees were found cruising through quite dense and long grass. Many bees have strange modifications of their facial hairs as an aid in pollen collection. 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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