Epeoloides pilosulus, m, face, NH powerline
The poster child for rare bees of concern in North America. This is Epeoloides pilosula, collected on David Wagner's study of the conservation landscape of transmission lines. This is a nest parasite of Macropis oil bees. In this study they found both M. nuda and M. ciliata uncommon bees in themselves. And, as a bonus the collected this one Epeoloides in New Hampshire. How uncommon are they really, hard to say....so few people collect bees and hunt for them in the specialized habitats that the rare ones inhabit. We have a problem of loss of habitat, but we also have a problem with loss 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.of naturalists.