Dianthidium singulare, f, back, Mariposa, CA

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Detailed Description

Isn't this a boss looking bee? This is Dianthidium singulare. One of the largest Dianthidiums around. Check out the winged plates near the collar of the bee and the shield like tegula that covers the front wing's insertion point into the body. Such a dramatic species. This girl takes resin and pebbles and glues together little cells that it attaches to rock faces....these armored houses then are filled with pollen and nectar and a single egg before sealing up. Captured as part of Claire Kremen's project documenting the bees of Yosemite National Park. 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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Image Dimensions: 3988 x 3840

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