Coelioxys germana, m, back, Kent Co, MD

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Detailed Description

First Maryland state record for this species as represented by this male from Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge on a wee island in the Chesapeake Bay. As a Coelioxys it is going to be a nest parasite of this case it is going after Megachile petulans....a species with a more southern distribution. For some reason I can see this particular bee carrying a switchblade, having had a hard early childhood, with feelings of inadequacy. I can say these things because no one actually ever reads these descriptions... 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: 4082 x 3669

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