Coelioxys octodentata, m, left side, Maryland

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Detailed Description

A nest parasite, this time a male. Coelioxys octodentata is a counterpart to the more commonly found C. sayi. I associate this species with drier and perhaps sandier locations, perhaps as the nest parasite of things like Megachile brevis. Note the characteristic teeth sticking out of the rear of this bee. I am not sure what the purpose is, but essentially all the males has some variation of these teeth. Photography by Amanda Robinson. 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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